Laura Whitmore has opened up about the inspiration behind her new short film Sadhbh, which she wrote and stars in, saying it's about the pressures of social media and how we are "constantly comparing ourselves" to other people.
The film follows a young mother Claire, played by Whitmore, who struggles to keep her life together and presents a mask to the outside world, all while hiding a heartbreaking secret.
She told the PA news agency of the inspiration behind the script: "I have a lot of friends who have kids now and, even without kids, you're kind of trying to have a perfect life, or what you think life should be, and what you think you should be able to cope with."
She continued: "Every interview I was doing, social media would constantly come up, not even with people in the public eye.
"We talk about press and media and paparazzi but I think everyone deals with elements of that now because of social media, we are constantly comparing ourselves, constantly feeling like we are not good enough and struggling with who we are and what we should be, so it kind of came from that a little bit.
"It is hard, you have to realise whatever you're feeling, everyone else is feeling as well, no matter who you are.
"Everyone is comparing, even the person who looks like they are living the best life, they are looking at someone else going 'Oh, I should be doing that'."
The 34-year-old Bray TV star said the short film was her "passion project" and admitted she did not think anyone would see it.
She said: "When I did it, I didn't really tell anyone, so even my friends were like 'Hold on, when did this happen and when did you do that?'
"I was like 'You know the time I disappeared a little bit, at the beginning of the year, and I had red hair? That is what happened.'
"It wasn't even a secret film but I didn't Instagram it, so that is secret, isn't it?"
She said of her decision to play the leading role: "You kind of wonder when you play a role, will people go 'Oh, is that part of you?'
"The part I play is very different to me but based on a few people that I know and different things that I've seen."
Sadhbh will screen at The Irish Film Festival in London on November 22.