An Interview With Wild Rose Star Jessie Buckley And Director Tom Hooper
It’s a musical masterpiece that’s won favour all over the globe – and sees one of Ireland’s fastest-rising stars leading the way. Wild Rose is the story of a woman from the wrong side of the tracks – and the Atlantic! – who dreams of Nashville success, and stars our own Jessie Buckley. It’s available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99 – and there’s plenty to make a song and dance about!
During a year in which it garnered rave reviews wherever it showed, the audience at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival were lucky enough to catch the Irish premiere – and before the screening, we managed to catch up with the star, along with director Tom Hooper!
The full interview featured in Episode Two of the PLAY Podcast – make sure to listen and subscribe on Spotify right now! – and below is a taster of what you’ll hear.
TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS WHEN YOU FIRST SAW THE SCRIPT?
JESSIE: I just wished and hoped that I could do it, and that I’d be able to bring that amazing woman to life. She was jumping of the page when I read it, it was just real, raw, honest, emboldened and tenacious – it felt like being plugged in by electricity when reading it. I was excited!
YOU’D WORKED TOGETHER BEFORE – TOM, WHAT MADE YOU THINK OF JESSIE FOR THE ROLE?
JESSIE: Be nice!
TOM: She’s so difficult, problematic, boisterous, fiery… (laughs)
JESSIE: Haha, they’re going to quote this, and I’ll never work ever again!
TOM: She has so many things in actuality. When you’re trying to cast someone, the most important thing is to try to find the right energy – and Jessie is so outgoing and fiery. Not only does she have an ability to transport you into the world of the character, but there’s an electricity that pulses through her that is so true of Rose-Lynn.
YOU’VE SINCE BEEN PLAYING SHOWS AS ROSE-LYNN; HAVE YOU BUILT MORE OF A BOND WITH THE CHARACTER THAN USUAL?
JESSIE: Yeah; she’s really hard to let go! She just pops up every now and then – and I’ll basically blame all my misbehaving on her from now on. If I ever fall out of a bar? It’s Rose-Lynn, it’s not me!
Check out the whole interview as part of the PLAY Podcast Episode 2 below!