Angela Griffin has set up her own production company as an antidote to the stress of not working.
The Waterloo Road actress said although she was in work for a long time, in recent months her luck ran out.
Talking about whether she would be happy for her daughters to go into showbiz, she said: "I just don't know if showbusiness makes people happy any more. It makes them all depressed."
Angela said she wasn't depressed, but admitted: "It's really hard, really tough. You might have a couple of years of brilliance, but have to keep plugging at it.
"I had a really lucky 20-year streak of not stopping, but I've had six months now where I haven't been working, and it's not nice - I don't want my daughters to feel like this. You've got to develop such a thick skin as well, because ultimately, you've got people giving you a job based on how you look and what you're like."
Angela, 36, has now started her own production company.
She said: "This is my answer to not working for six months - I just can't do nothing, I've got to have something to do. So me and a producer friend I met when I was on Waterloo Road have started Mulberry Films, to develop new projects, most of them with me in, of course, but there are a few that I'm not involved in. But I'm really interested in what goes on behind the camera.
" I'm absolutely loving it."
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