Irish actress Jessie Buckley stars in the new movie Wild Rose
Gordon Hayden from Spin 1038's We Love Movies sat down for a chat with Irish actress Jessie Buckley.
She talks about her performance in the movie Wild Rose as well as her friendship with Barry Keoghan.
Buckley also briefly touches on her upcoming role alongside Robert Downey Jr in Doctor Dolittle.
Wild Rose is one of those films where it is all about the lead performance - and what a performance from Kerry's own Jessie Buckley, who not only nails the Glaswegian accent but she towers over everything else that comes in her path as the troubled Rose Lynn Harlan.
Rose is an ex-con yearning to make it as a Nashville star. When we first meet her she’s just served a year-long stretch for smuggling drugs into a prison.
On release she is more intent on making up for lost time with an old boyfriend alfresco than seeing her two young children; who are clearly estranged from their starry-eyed mother.
Rose is not the mothering type – her dreams of making it as a country singer overshadow everything else in her life. This narcissistic quality grates bitterly on Rose’s mother, played by Julie Walters in superb form, who wants Rose to get her head out of clouds and find a job as cleaner no less.
Working as a cleaner will provide some sort of income and stability for her children instead of chasing an elusive pipe-dream. But Rose won’t be discouraged, she is holding on to that dream for all it’s worth because without it she feels truly worthless.
As characters go Rose is not the easiest to like, and it’s easy to sympathise with the concerns of her mother. But it’s not like Rose has the singing prowess of an X-Factor reject whose warbles sound like a cat in pain, Rose has an exceptional talent. And all she needs is 3 chords and she’ll produce the goods, so when a well-to-do family enter her life, her elusive dream seems like a possibility.
Jessie Buckley re-teams with director Tom Harper, whom she worked with on the BBC adaptation of War & Peace. Harper employs a Mike Leigh style to what is essentially a kitchen sink drama full of catchy country tunes. But make no mistake Wild Rose is built around Jessie Buckley.
Her director singled her out for the part and it’s easy to see why, it is truly a star-making performance.
If Wild Rose had been released late last year, Jessie Buckley would have been Oscar nominated no doubt… A Star is Born.
Wild Rose is out in cinemas from today.
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