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Saoirse Monica Jackson Opens Up About Her Life Before Derry Girls

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

01:55 26 May 2020


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Saoirse Monica Jackson on life before Derry Girls

Actress Saoirse Monica Jackson has opened up about her life before Derry Girls.

She told Kevin McGahern on Kevin Paints that she was fired from her old job just as she bagged the role of Erin Quinn.

 

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Jackson explained that she was living in Manchester with her ex boyfriend at the time.

She admitted, "I was lying to him and telling him that I had a sales job in town."

"He was dropping me into town every day to this office block, and then I would run 'round the corner and get into this car and drive outside of Manchester and sell, 'Hello Fresh,' door-to-door."

 

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Jackson was an, 'awful,' saleswoman

The 26-year-old confessed, "I was absolutely awful, it was only commission-based, so you only got paid on your commissions."

"Anybody that actually was interested in inviting you into their house to sign up for this was normally really old people, that I just didn’t believe knew how to work the Internet well enough to ever get out of it!"

 

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Jackson revealed, "I would get in the door [and] they would basically just feed me biscuits, cup of tea."

"I would have a chat with them and then they would try and sign up to it, and I would tell them not to and then I would leave!"

"So I basically was just strolling ’round the outskirts of Manchester for a year eating biscuits with old people before I got the phone call!"

 

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Jackson got fired

Jackson admitted, "I actually got sacked from that job then! Yep, that was understandable…"

"I was so scared to like ring home and tell them I got fired from another job and I just didn’t know what I was going to do."

"And the next thing this email came through saying, 'Derry Girls,' from my agent at the time."

 

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She went on, "I opened it and genuinely thought they were making a documentary about Derry!"

"And I thought, ‘Alright, ok, this isn’t really the path that I want to go down but, I mean, you know, it’s something.'"

 

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"Then I read it and it was this obviously incredible sitcom and I was so thrilled."

Jackson added, "I just thought at that moment in time, ‘I really, really have to, have to get this.'"

Jackson teamed up with her co-star Louise Harland last month for a Derry Girls self isolation skit.

Check it out here.


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