Fionnula Flanagan had a blast making the festive Hallmark Channel Christmas movie “Three Wise Women,” premiering Tuesday (12/14) in her home town of Dublin. The esteemed veteran actress, whose credits range from “James Joyce’s Women” to “Lost,” plays the senior version of a character she shares with two other actresses (Amy Huberman, Lauren Coe) in the romp about a workaholic doctor who needs to change her ways to find true love.
“It gave me the opportunity to play her less attractive as a personality — the woman she may become in her older years. I leave her somewhat horrified, with very good reason,” notes Flanagan. “It was great fun.”
It’s been a prolific year for Flanagan, who divides her time between her L.A. home and Ireland. Besides “Three Wise Women,” “I have three films waiting to come out,” she says. “One is a comedy I did for Edoardo Ponti, a little comedy called ‘Coming & Going,’ which I’m hoping will come out soon. I get to play this kind of funny, bossy woman in it, the aunt of Rhys Darby from ‘Flight of the Conchords.’
“Then I have a big film, a big drama film called ‘Kill The Irishman,’ which Jonathan Hensleigh directed,” she says, speaking of the true story of 1970s Cleveland-based Irish mobster Danny Greene, with a cast including Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio, Linda Cardellini and Paul Sorvino. “That’s supposed to come out in March, I think.
“Then I have a little film with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, called ‘The Guard,’ which again is supposed to come out next year. That’s directed by John Michael McDonagh, who is the brother of Martin McDonagh, the great Irish playwright. I did that last winter,” she says.
“So, yes, I’ve been busy. That’s always good for an actor, especially these days. And I’ve been fortunate.”