‘Being Irish, I was apprehensive about playing a US army doctor’

by Deirdre Reynolds, Published 04/01/2015.

“It’s weird,” jokes Eoin, who’s based in LA, “it seems totally fine to have a show on TV in England or America, but when it airs in Ireland, there’s a bit more trepidation about it. Suddenly your mates and your family are going to slag you a lot more! “When your show’s on American television, it’s like, ‘That’s awesome’; when it’s on RTÉ, people are like, ‘Now I can rip the piss out of you!'”

Having just been snapped up for a second season of the NBC show, filmed over 7,500 kilometres away in Albuquerque in New Mexico, the former Abercrombie and Fitch model is unlikely to mind too much. His turn as the talented-but-troubled doc has led to a role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming TV drama, Killing Jesus, alongside former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer.

“It’s like early ER meets MASH with a touch of Scrubs humour,” explains Eoin of the show that’s fast turning him into a household name. “It’s set in a Texas hospital and I play an ex-army medic who’s got Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Being Irish, I was kind of apprehensive about playing an American army doctor. Growing up, there’s nothing in our culture about being in the army; in America, that’s part of their culture. “But all the army vets have actually embraced the show and they really like it, which is important, so it’s been really interesting.”

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Eimear Ennis Graham Showreel

Eimear worked with Eoin on several occasions; Stalker, Paddy’s in the boot, Charlie Casanova, The Inside, … COLD/LEOPARD even got her nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh! Her showreel shows off her work from the past year, starting with COLD/LEOPARD.

Click image to watch.


Kellie Blaise Showreel

Take a look at this amazing schowreel from Kellie Blaise, actress and singer, and bump into a familiar face. Eoin joins her in ‘Whacked’, ‘Jameson 60 Seconds’, ‘Aces’, shows pieces of ‘The Inside’ (directed by Eoin) and the music video ‘Sleep’ (shot by Eoin).

Eoin and Emmett Scanlan in Savage

Eoin Macken with Emmett Scanlan who both play changing room guys in a scene from Savage, An exploration of masculinity and violence. A story of obsession and revenge, as a man tries to come to terms with a brutal, random attack and its consequences:

Broken by Eg White

Francis Anthony “Eg” White (born 22 November 1966) is a British musician, songwriter and producer. White is primarily known for his work with successful commercial pop acts such as Adele, Florence and the Machine, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, Will Young, James Morrison, Pink, Maverick Sabre and Rebecca Ferguson. Here’s Eoin in his music video ‘Broken’.

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Angel by The Corrs

The video was shot in Lake Park, Roundwood, Ireland on 12 June 2004. It features a bride and groom portrayed by Saileog Lally and Eoin Macken. Take a look at some of his dance moves.

The Irish Book Awards

Kingdom Of Scars got nominated for Best Newcomer of The Year 2014. Unfortunately it didn’t win the award, but Sam did won over our hearts. He’s number one on my list anyway.

Read up on its journey:

Buy it at Poolbeg or via Amazon in your country.

More pictures in our gallery.


Eoin’s birthday celebration 2015

A few years ago OMG! EoinMacken! came up with the idea of raising money for a good cause instead of making a video, book, … with birthday wishes for Eoin. What an awesome idea, an idea that couldn’t stop going! As there wasn’t a charity last year, I thought I could pick up where they left off and what better charity to choose than the one he’s ambassador for, SIGHTSAVERS.

He and his good friend Tim McDonnell took a trip to Mozambique in August to witness Sightsavers’ work there and shot a documentary for A Million Miracles, their campain that launched in October. The documentary isn’t finished yet, but you can watch his below. Hopefully you’ll find this way of saying ‘Happy Birthday Eoin’ just as special, awesome, fun, heart warming as I do. Any donations are welcome.

Link tot JustGiving page: Eoin Macken’s birthday celebration 2015. 

Thank you!