“We didn’t have any money” – Jack Reynor chats candidly about his struggles in early life

The actor has admitted he didn't have the easiest upbringing in Ireland.


Jack Reynor
Actor Jack Reynor has admitted he has struggled financially

Transformers star Jack Reynor has opened up about his difficulties when growing up in Ireland.

The 23-year-old has spoken out about the struggles he faced when he was younger, which included not even being able to afford milk to pour on his cereal in the morning.

The actor was comparing the similarities between himself and Grassland character John, who comes from an “economically deprived background” in Tallaght.

“There was quite a substantial portion of my life where I’ve lived very similarly to John and not had any money, and done things like put water in my milk to have my breakfast,” Jack admitted.

“I basically would bear the weight of responsibility in my family. I’ve done those things and I know what those things look like from the inside.”

Jack stars alongside Australian actress Toni Collette in the Irish film, which he scooped the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting for his role at the Sundance film festival.

Toni plays his character John’s addiction-ravaged mother, and the Dubliner says he really connected with the renowned actress.

“I already felt a very strong connection with her from watching the films that she’d played a mother in,” Jack commented. 


Jack Reynor and Toni Collette
Jack connected with Australian actress Toni Collette while filming Grassland


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