RTÉ viewers have praised Brenda Fricker following her appearance on The Tommy Tiernan Show.
The legendary Irish actress opened up about her experiences with loneliness and depression in an honest interview on Saturday night.
The 75-year-old told the chat show host: “I live a very quiet life well under the radar and I drive a tiny car, own a cottage, that’s about it.”
— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) January 16, 2021
“Talking to the wall quite a bit, talking to the dog, writing poetry, reading books, watching television.
“Nothing different than anybody else does, except being alone so much can make you talk to the wall a bit more than most people,” the Home Alone 2 star explained.
“At this moment time, well, only yesterday, I went to the doctor and he said, ‘We’re going to put you on stronger antidepressants’.
“Because I am a bit of a recluse. The thing about staying inside by choice is fine, but the moment you’re told to stay inside you want to go out.”
“I do get very depressed, there’s no doubt about that… I was a regular up at St Pat’s before it was all posh like it is now. It was Dickensian, the old building.
“It was very difficult but there was a wonderful doctor Anthony Clare. He saved my life. He was brilliant with me. He really got me out of the mire,” Brenda admitted.
“I suppose when you’re that depressed, you don’t feel too deeply respectful towards yourself. So that when you’d spend an hour or sometimes two with him, it was life changing.”
Following her appearance on the show, many took to Twitter to praise Brenda, with viewers branding her “incredible” and “remarkable”.
The #TommyTiernanShow really is something unique. Tonight’s show with the remarkable Brenda Fricker feels like eavesdropping on a very personal conversation.
— Maïa Dunphy (@MaiaDunphy) January 16, 2021
— Barbara Scully (@barbarascully) January 16, 2021
— Emma Eliza Regan (@emmaelizar) January 16, 2021
— Wayne L (@WayneLawlor) January 16, 2021
Tommy Tiernan has a wonderful gift. That interview with Brenda Fricker was quite incredible. She didn’t want to there to the start & didn’t want to leave at the end. Superb #tommytiernanshow
— Niall McGarry (@MrNiallMcGarry) January 16, 2021
— Ruth Smith (@theruthsmith) January 16, 2021
That interview with Brenda Fricker is legendary #TommyTiernanShow He managed to get the very best out of the Oscar winner 👏
— Never Mind (@racross) January 16, 2021
Brenda Fricker on the Tommy Tiernan show last night, wow. What a beautiful interview and conversation. I'm in awe of her voice, poeticism, intelligence, honestly and humour but sad at a seemingly tortured soul. Well done @Tommedian at bringing her to life!
— Áine Tivnan (@AineTivnan) January 17, 2021
Brenda Fricker is a gem. As down to earth as you could find #TommyTiernanShow
— John McNamara (@jmcnamaracoach) January 16, 2021
Lovely listening to Brenda Fricker such honesty!!
— Clare keaveney (@cmrkeaveney) January 16, 2021
Isn’t Brenda Fricker a wonderful human.. I feel like I’m listening to a private conversation. Tommy just seems to draw out the personal. #TommyTiernanShow
— YN (@yvonne_nolan) January 16, 2021