Cecelia Ahern tells RTE’s Late Late Show about unusual children’s hobby she picked up during lockdown

Cecelia Ahern has revealed the unusual hobby she took up during lockdown after sparking interest from her children.

The award-winning Irish novelist, 40, appeared on the RTE Late Late Show for a chat on Friday night to talk about her TV adaptation of her book Roar, starring Nicole Kidman.

Speaking to host Ryan Tubridy, Cecelia said she became obsessed with playing with Lego during lockdown after playing it with her children and found it to be like therapy.

“I love Legos!” she says. “I think it’s only since my kids started playing Lego that I kind of took over.

“I would start with them. And they would have left the table a long time ago and I would still be like I was taking care of them.

“But the lockdown, you know, some people made bread, but my thing was to make this huge Hogwarts Lego. It was my only big project.

“I loved it and it’s like such good therapy. I think I did about an hour every night for a few weeks. I like things where my mind can just flow.”

However, despite her keen interest, she said she was too embarrassed to buy Lego sets for herself from the store as she felt like a “loser”.

“Usually they are gifts because I feel like a loser buying them myself. But I’m proud, I want the gift!

“I was at Smyths the other day and I was looking at this huge Millennium Falcon [Lego set]it would take me a good year [to complete].”


The PS. The I Love You author is a mother of three, Robin, 12, Sonny, 9, and Blossom, 2, born just before the Covid pandemic.

She described herself as a “very weird person” on the show as she joked about being an introvert-extrovert, but explained how that helped her write.

“I’m a very weird person,” she said. “Like, I like to be around people, I’m a people person, I’m not like locked up at home all the time… It’s on top of being an empathetic person that you can take all other people’s stuff… and feel absolutely exhausted.

“I like being with other people, but I need to be alone to recharge my batteries.”

The Dublin went on to say, “I’m a very sensitive and empathetic person, so when someone talks to me about something or when I’m with someone, I can feel what they’re feeling and it’s not magical, it’s just that a lot of people are like that, and I kind of feel like I have the emotion that they express.

“You know, I can feel that I can feel it, which helps my writing and watching is obviously a really big part of that, as well as watching people and feeling what they’re feeling.”

Cecelia also opened up about the TV adaptation of her short story collection, Roar, which she called a “career highlight.”

It is produced by and stars Australian actress Nicole Kidman and is now available to watch on Apple TV.

Roar has been described as a “collection of fiercely feminist stories” that show how women navigate the world.

Speaking on The Late Late Show, Cecelia said: “It took a while, but we got there, and I’m really, really proud of it. It’s a career highlight for me.”

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