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Eoin: (About having memorable encounters with fans) I wish I did have some manic and crazy ones, but a lot of them were actually really nice! Everyone’s actually been really cool and really chilled and really nice. There was this one girl who was hyperventilating and I gave her some chocolate and she was fine, so maybe she was just hungry. Most people have been really nice and really chilled, so it’s been really relaxing. Let’s get some horror film crazies mixed up with some convention crazies, that’ll be fun.

Eoin: (An advice to upcoming models/actors) Be very very, very determined! Trust your instincts and work hard. Never take no for an answer and enjoy it or else don’t do it: life’s too short!

Eoin: (On acting and directing) Acting is more emotionally draining, directing is more challenging intellectually. Directing has helped me understand what’s required of an actor in a big way.

Eoin: (About LA) Lala-land is a hard tough place to live and succeed in, but if you know people, remain grounded it’s really class! Some wacko people though but it’s a lonely city and great fun!

Eoin: (About Merlin where he plays Sir Gwaine) It’s great fun! It’s the BBC’s biggest show, goes out in 183 countries and I have a top trump card, what more would you want (laughs).

Eoin: (About what proffesional field is he best known for) I have no fucking idea… hopefully something cool. Beats me though!

Eoin: (About his hair) I don’t use hair products. It’s probably something in the Irish water. And bread. I eat a lot of bread. And chocolate and coffee. Probably apples too. Yes, bread, chocolate and apples. That’s it.

Eoin: (About a career highlight) That would have to be the first film I did. It screened at a festival and my mom and dad came to a see it. That was before my dad got sick and died. So that would be a highlight for me that was really cool.

Eoin: (About his favourite field to work on) To be honest, I just love everything that comes with making a story. I love acting and I get a great kick out of it and I love studying acting. You get to hang out in a different skin and it can be quite exciting because you get to express yourself through a different character. It can be an escape in many ways. But I just also love writing. I was the cinematographer on this film called Charlie Casanova and we just won a bunch of awards and it’s playing in many different countries. I enjoyed that because it’s a completely different way of doing things. I wasn’t looking at it from an actor’s point of view, but more from a technical point of view. And that’s the same with directing. It’s all the same thing but just with a slightly different medium. You get to express yourself in different ways.

Eoin: (About his favourite childhood stories) When I was a kid, growing up, I used to write a lot of stories. I used to love Dungeons and Dragons and stories with bows and arrows and swords and the stories of Arthur and Camelot and Cu Culain, the Irish legend. They were my favourites as a kid.

Eoin: (About his character in Merlin) The thing with Gwaine is he’s the kind of character that becomes the butt of the jokes in a way sometimes which I think is just because of his innocence and he’s so chilled and laid back about it.

Eoin: (About the best advice he’s ever received) Angel [Coulby who plays Gwen in Merlin] told me to remember my lines.

Eoin: (About Ireland) I come from Ireland, a land of green hilltops where soft winds caress the trees and sprinkles of rain mist overhead. It’s the land of beautiful red-headed girls in white satin dresses.

Eoin: (About why he became an actor) I attended a Jesuit school, and the reason I started acting was that it gave me a chance to meet girls from other schools.

Eoin: (About his studies) I’m a psychology major who likes to delve into motivation.

Eoin: (About poetry) My favorite lines of poetry are by John Keats: Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. I believe those words. It’s the soul, and not the outer looks that matter most to me.

Eoin: (About what prompted him to make ‘The Fashion of Modelling’, a realistic look at the modelling industry) They [Eoin’s younger sister and her friends] are always talking about having designs on being models. And they’ve been sucked into this MTV thing and don’t really understand anything about what fashion actually involves.

Eoin: (About how he met Carl Shaaban) We met on a photo shoot, how romantic was that?