links to interviews available online
Gabriel Byrne: “There’s a shame about men speaking out. A sense that if you were abused, it was your fault.” The actor’s autobiography confronts the abuse he experienced at the hands of the church. But he has just as much contempt for Hollywood – and US presidents from Obama to Trump. By Catherine Shoard for The Guardian, November 8, 2020
To celebrate Gabriel’s milestone birthday in May, two interviews were published.
‘I have demons I wrestle with … I’ll never defeat them but I try to keep them at bay’ – Gabriel Byrne on turning 70 by Barry Egan for Independent.ie, May 17, 2020 (behind a paywall)
Gabriel Byrne at 70: Revisiting a Classic Interview by The HotPress News Desk, May 12, 2020
“As Gabriel Byrne celebrates his 70th birthday, we’re revisiting one of his classic interviews with Hot Press. In this powerful 2016 interview, he tells Roe McDermott why we should charge multi-nationals more for doing business in Ireland; talks about sexism in Hollywood; Donald Trump; and excoriates the political classes in Ireland…”
War of the Worlds cast on updating a classic: ‘It’s extremely pertinent to the world we live in today’ March 6, 2020
Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern and the cast of the sci-fi series take us behind the scenes on their thrilling adaptation of the HG Wells classic.
Barry Egan: Evergreen Gabriel Byrne brought to book Independent.ie, March 22, 2020
Behind the Scenes With Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern on ‘War of the Worlds’ by Ben Kroll for Variety, October 14, 2019
RTE Radio 1: Second Captain’s Saturday: Gabriel Byrne Irish sports podcast, originally aired August 18, 2018.
“Gabriel Byrne is a true acting great – star of Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects and Stigmata , not to mention his Golden Globe winning TV roles and stunning Broadway performances. As a former victim of clerical abuse, he talks to us about the Papal visit, Ireland’s relationship with Catholicism, and the time he met Muhammad Ali.”
Please note: the RTE Player can be difficult to get working. Be sure you have Flash loaded in your browser. You will have better luck if you use Chrome and not other browsers for this purpose. This podcast is available on other podcast platforms like SoundCloud, BUT this episode with Gabriel is not. So you are stuck with the RTE Player. Sorry.
Gabriel Byrne’s appearance on the Late Late Show moved the nation by Rebecca Keane for The Irish Post, February 17, 2018
Gabriel Byrne on his alcoholism: ‘One day I woke up and I said, if I don’t stop this, I am going to die’ by Caitlin McBride for Independent.ie, February 17, 2018
Gabriel Byrne on Weinstein: ‘He was a violent bully. He had such power’ / The Dublin actor on sex harassment, and why fame is like being trapped in a drum, by Tanya Sweeney for The Irish Times, February 17, 2018
Emotional Gabriel Byrne says Lifetime Achievement award is ‘about the life I’ve led’ RTÉ Entertainment, February 16, 2018
Gabriel Byrne on why he’s ‘unapologetically’ pro-choice by Fionnuala Moran for Goss.ie, February 15, 2018
Gabriel Byrne: People coming in and making films in Ireland cheaply–that’s not an industry interview for The Journal.ie, February 16, 2018
Gabriel Byrne thanks ‘darling’ wife in emotional Lifetime Achievement speech by Eva Hall for Extra.ie, February 15, 2018
Gabriel Byrne in conversation with Colum McCann, a Lannan Foundation podcast, January 31, 2018
Paul Jay interviewed Gabriel for Reality Asserts Itself at The Real News during the holidays.
The four videos in this posting are each about 22 minutes long. Parts 1 – 3 focus on Gabriel’s experiences growing up in Ireland, becoming an actor, and developing his political views. Part 4 is about climate change, an increasingly important issue dear to his heart.
‘I applauded Daniel for quitting acting’, says his pal Gabriel Byrne by Lynn Kelleher for Independent.ie, December 6, 2017
Life as an Aging Actor: Interview with Gabriel Byrne, Donna Murphy, and Lee Wilkof talking about their film No Pay, Nudity on the Leonard Lopate Show, February 14, 2017:
Gabriel Byrne: Confessions of a Contender: The Tony Awards Best Actor nominee talks to Max McGuinness about success, prizes and Catholic guilt, by Max McGuinness for Financial Times, May 27, 2016
Gabriel Byrne: “Acting is really all about being yourself,” by James Mottram for The Belfast Telegraph, April 23, 2016
Gabriel Byrne: “There’s a difference between a great star and a great actor”, by Donald Clarke for The Irish Times, April 21, 2016
Of Booze, Brutal Honesty and Family: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Alexis Solosky for The New York Times, April 19, 2016
Gabriel Byrne takes look back at life in “Louder Than Bombs”, by Stephen Schaefer for Boston Herald, April 17, 2016
Gabriel Byrne has every reason to be enjoying life ahead of his new film, by Helen Barlow for The Irish Examiner, April 15, 2016
Gabriel Byrne on Miller’s Crossing, Dead Man, and The Usual Suspects, by Sam Fragoso for The AV Club, April 4, 2016
Gabriel Byrne on Dysfunctional Families, His “Batman V Superman” Sons, by Jennelle Riley for Variety, March 30, 2016
Gabriel Byrne called local radio show KCLR Live in Ireland on August 6, 2015 and talked to John Masterson. Gabriel shared his passionate views in favor of keeping the Barrow Way just as it is…and he discussed his work on In Treatment as well!
Róisín Ingle talks with Gabriel Byrne about the new book Sons+Fathers and other topics as part of her Róisín Meets podcast series for the Irish Times, June 19, 2015:
Great Conversations: Gabriel Byrne, by Alex Simon for The Huffington Post (interview originally published in 2009), July 5, 2015
Gabriel Byrne on romance, privacy, and the end of the world, by Catherine Shoard for The Guardian, May 28, 2015 (interview at Cannes)
‘I was abused – now I’m tackling it on TV’: Gabriel Byrne’s had painful personal experience of the murky world at the heart of his new drama, by Tim Oglethorpe for Daily Mail (UK), May 16, 2014
Gabriel Byrne: The Art of Stillness, by Michael Dunaway for Paste Magazine, April 1, 2014
Gabriel Byrne: Government doesn’t really care about the arts, by Sarah Slater for Irish Mirror, January 25, 2014
Gabriel Byrne: Corporations Are the New Dictators, by THR Staff for The Hollywood Reporter, December 5, 2013
‘It was almost a Taliban-esque society’: Gabriel Byrne goes crashing into the past in ‘Quirke’, by Gerard Gilbert for The Independent UK, September 22, 2013
Gabriel Byrne: Religion Didn’t Do Me Any Good, by Nigel Farndale for The Telegraph, April 5, 2013
The HeyUGuys Interview: Gabriel Byrne on Tarantino, The Coens and All Things to All Men, by Jon Lyus, April 5, 2013
Byrne describes Catholic Church as ‘force for evil’, by Nick Bramhill for The Irish Times, March 31, 2013–this interview is now behind The Irish Times paywall
Interview with Actor Gabriel Byrne, by Jill Rachel Jacobs for The Huffington Post, March 13, 2013
Gabriel Byrne (“Secret State”) Interview, by Cultbox, November 10, 2012
Gabriel Byrne on Secret State: playing the power game, by Chris Harvey for The Telegraph (UK), November 2, 2012
Interview: Gabriel Byrne, by Tony Clayton Lea, on his website, September 16, 2012
Brooding? I don’t even know what that means, by Hadley Freeman for The Guardian, April 25, 2011
Gabriel Byrne Surveys America’s Problems, by Henry Giardina for Bullett Magazine, November 8, 2011. The complete interview is no longer available. Bullet Magazine has closed its doors, unfortunately. Part of the interview and the accompanying images can be enjoyed at this posting for it.
Gabriel Byrne: In My Library, by Barbara Hoffman for The New York Post, June 12, 2011
Imagining Ireland With Gabriel Byrne, by Sheila Langan for Irish Central, May 12, 2011
Gabriel Byrne tells of childhood sexual abuse, by Henry McDonald for The Guardian, January 19, 2010
Comfortable But Not Too Familiar, by Amy Chozick for The Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2010
All Ears: How Gabriel Byrne turns listening into eloquence on HBO’s In Treatment, by Emily Nussbaum for New York Magazine, October 24, 2010
Is Gabriel Byrne a suitable case for treatment? by Amy Raphael for The Guardian, October 16, 2009
Gabriel Byrne: Talk To Me by Alex Simon for Venice Magazine, April 2009
Gabriel Byrne and The Art of Listening by Terry Gross for NPR’s Fresh Air, April 30, 2009
On the couch with Gabriel, by Barry Egan for the Belfast Telegraph, April 10, 2009
Show’s left him feeling Gabriel Byrne’d out, by David Hinckley for New York Daily News, April 3, 2009
Gabriel Byrne feels your pain, by Sarah Hepola for Salon, April 2, 2009
An actor with a lot on his mind, by Belinda McKeon for The Irish Times, February 7, 2009
Gabriel Byrne, by John Maguire at his blog Confessions of a Film Critic, February, 2009
Role of Choice: Family Man, by John Clark for The Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2000
Gabriel Byrne: Talent to Byrne, from the Movieline Vault, July 1, 1992
video and audio interviews
Audio interview and transcription from The Last Word Interview (November 2012)
“The Meaning of Life” with interviewer Gay Byrne talking to Gabriel Byrne in 2010
Video interview with Charlie Rose, including transcript: Wednesday 03/05/2008 Actor Gabriel Byrne focuses on his newest role playing a psychotherapist tending to his patients while his own life unravels in HBO’s “In Treatment.”
Link to the Press Archive, in the Gallery, where you can find scans of print interviews with Gabriel, as well as film and TV reviews, from 1981 to the present.