Stepping into yet another role

Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll at the recent launch of Amy’s new footwear range for Bourbon.
Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll at the recent launch of Amy’s new footwear range for Bourbon.
Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll at the recent launch of Amy’s new footwear range for Bourbon.
Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll at the recent launch of Amy’s new footwear range for Bourbon.
She is the golden girl of the Irish media and after a short sabbatical from show business, during which she gave birth to her first baby, Sadie, Amy Huberman has briefly popped back into the limelight in order to launch her spring/summer shoe collection for Irish footwear label, Bourbon.

The 33-year-old new mum has just revealed her brand new shoe line, which consists of a range of leather court shoes, pretty pumps and strappy sandals in bright summer shades. The collection will be available in selected stores around the country and if Amy’s last collaboration with Bourbon – during which her ‘American Beauty’ high top shoes sold out before they even hit the shops – is anything to go by, we predict seeing an endless parade of feet dressed with the Huberman seal of approval strolling around the streets of Ireland next season!

Aside from her recent foray into shoe design, Amy has also stepped into her latest role as mum to two-month-old baby daughter, Sadie, who was born by Caesarean section at the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street on February 10th. In true showbiz style, the little bundle arrived in the middle of two very high-profile events: the star-studded Irish Film and Television Awards and the much anticipated Ireland v England Six Nations rugby game. However, Sadie conveniently hung on so that her mum could glam up for the IFTAs and show her face on the red carpet, and she decided to make her first appearance just in time for her dad, Brian O’Driscoll, to make the dash to his very important game!

A beaming Brian left his wife’s side less than two hours after his baby girl was born, and despite the Irish team’s 12-6 defeat, there was little that could dampen the new dad’s mood.

Speaking after the game, Brian revealed: ‘I don’t even remember a lot of the game and I was in my own world for much of the time. It was the sort of match that needed a bit of leadership from me but which I wasn’t quite able to deliver as I usually would have hoped to have done.’

Since the birth of Sadie, whose name is of Hebrew origin as a tribute to Amy’s father Harold Huberman’s Polish/Jewish roots, the stunning actress has been enjoying a well-earned break from acting and writing while she enjoys her mothering duties away from the flashing cameras. Aside from partaking in a handful of press appearances to promote her shoe collection, the bubbly blonde looks set to revel in her maternity leave for some time to come.

Some people may be surprised by the fact that Amy would wish to broaden her horizons even further by dipping her toe into the fashion pool, given her success in the film, TV and literary industries, but it seems that the style gene has been passed down through the generations. Harold, who was born in London after his Jewish father fled Poland and settled in the British capital ahead of the First World War, embarked on a career in fashion design, a profession that took him to Dublin where he was offered a position designing coats with the famous Irish design company, Henry White. It was in Dublin that he met Amy’s mother, Sandra. At the time, Sandra was a secondary school teacher, but she soon left her post in order to become a model for her husband’s designs. So it seems that Amy’s eye for style really does run in the family!

The actress’s choice to pursue a sub-career in shoe design was also a no-brainer, as she has made no secret in the past of her love for beautifully attired feet. After her 2010 wedding, Amy admitted to the Sunday World newspaper that when it came to her overall wedding look, the only extravagance she was willing to indulge in was in the foot department. ‘With shoes, I’d pick style all the way over comfort – suck it up ladies,’ she admitted. ‘Maybe if you have a big enough bag bring flatties for after – or you could always hide them under the top table.’ Almost three years after her big day, Amy’s bridal style is still highly coveted, with many brides-to-be favouring her natural elegance over princess-like glamour.

With a successful acting repertoire and a promising career in writing, it seems that Amy is on top of the world. Her position as the country’s sweetheart remains firmly intact and it’s no surprise considering her down-to-earth nature and fabulous style. And now that the rest of the country has the chance to walk in her shoes, her popularity will no doubt continue to soar!

For information on Amy’s spring/summer shoe collection for Bourbon, visit www.bourbonfootwear.com.

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