COPING JUST FINE Islaneady’s Sheila Moylette (right), pictured with co-stars from new RTÉ drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, from left: Amy Huberman, Seana Kerslake and Laurence O Fuarain.?Pic: Karl Hussey
Her boxing brother Ray might be the most well-known member of the Moylette family, but his sister Sheila is making a name for herself in the world of acting.
Sheila is set to feature in a supporting role in a new RTÉ comedy drama called Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. It goes to air on RTÉ2 on Monday next, September 19, at 10pm.
Sheila has a supporting role in the show, playing Lorraine, the work colleague of the lead character Aisling (Seána Kerslake). Renowned actress Amy Huberman also features in the show.
“Lorraine is the office geek who is totally uncool and socially awkward,” Sheila told The Mayo News. “She might be best described as a mix between Fr Dougal from Father Ted and Alan from The Hangover. Amy Huberman plays our boss, and she tells Lorraine to ‘shut up’ a lot!
“This comedic role of Lorraine was a real gift ... a good comedic role is nearly impossible to come by, especially for a woman. When I first auditioned, I drew on my observations of growing up in rural Mayo to play my version of Lorraine, and thankfully the casting director liked it. She reckoned I was the only one weird enough to pull off Lorraine, and the director Cathy Brady said something similar after I got cast!”
Sheila is the second youngest of seven children of John and Mary Moylette from Derrycourane, Islandeady. She has a BA in Performing Arts and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies. She describes her ‘biggest breakthrough’ as getting accepted into The Factory, where she studies under some big names and had workshops with the likes of Danny deVito, Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan and Brendan Gleeson. They also worked under directors like Jim and Kirsten Sheridan and John Carney.
Moylette is based between Mayo and Dublin. She teaches on Bow Street’s Teen Academy course (the new location for The Factory) and works weekends waitressing at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport.
She admits it was ‘special’ to work alongside Amy Huberman in particular.
“I had been a fangirl of hers for a long time’ she’s so talented and genuinely funny.”
Moylette has a small role in Jim Sheridan’s next feature film, The Secret Scripture, due in cinemas before the end of the year. She worked alongside the likes of Rooney Mara, Theo James, Eric Bana and Vanessa Redgrave for that role.
“To act full-time is a primary goal, of course, and I’ve written some scripts that I’d like to direct in the future … and a personal dream/goal would be to meet and work with Mel Gibson, who has Moylette/Mayo roots!”
RTÉ describe Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope as a ‘darkly comic drama detailing the unravelling of a friendship between two co-dependent young women as the hangover wears off and their lives and priorities begin to radically diverge’.