- 04 Mar 19
Aisling Franciosi is on a steady trajectory to silver screen stardom. The Irish actress, a recent recipient of the prestigious European Shooting Star award at the Berlin International Film Festival, talks about growing up between two countries, female representation in the industry, and her powerful new film, The Nightingale.
Aisling Franciosi may have been rubbing shoulders with the stars of the Sundance Film Festival over the last few days, but there’s nothing like a crowded airport lounge on a dark and rainy Dublin afternoon to bring you back down to earth.
The Dubliner, by way of Milan, has seen her career skyrocket over the past few years. Appearances in the likes of Quirke, Jimmy’s Hall, The Fall and Game Of Thrones placed her among Irish cinema’s most intriguing newcomers. Now, her latest role in Jennifer Kent’s harrowing thriller The Nightingale looks set to catapult Aisling to worldwide attention. And by the looks of things, the ambitious but seriously level-headed actress is more than ready to take it on.
“It was nice to be at a festival where everyone supports and is interested in indie films,” Aisling says of Sundance. “It gives it a nice kind of enthusiastic energy. And it’s laid-back, which I love.”