Interview: Rosie Day
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Since her breakthrough performance in horror-thriller The Seasoning House, actress Rosie Day’s career has moved from strength to strength. Best known for her tender performance as Mary Hawkins in Outlander, the 22 year-old has been named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’, and has worked alongside A-listers like Uma Thurman and Sarah Jessica Parker. Her new project is Living The Dream, a sitcom about a Yorkshire family who buy a trailer rental business in Florida. Rosie took a break from her busy schedule to talk to us about filming in America, meeting her idols, and her new foray into writing.
(David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)Tell us about your role in Living The Dream. I play Tina, who’s 17 years old. She’s very excited to move to Florida, because she’s heard stories about people having parties every weekend, living the red cup lifestyle. But when she gets there, she finds she’s actually moved to quite a conservative area. It’s not quite what she expected it to be. Did you enjoy filming in America? It was amazing! That was something that really appealed to me about the job, getting to go and shoot in America. It was a really lovely experience to go live over there for three months. You’ve worked on American projects like Outlander before. Have you ever considered moving to America like your character Tina? I’d love to move to New York, but I don’t think I could move to LA. I’ve been there a couple of times and it’s not quite my cup of tea. But New York is my favourite place in the world, and I could move there tomorrow. What was your relationship like with your on-screen parents, actors Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp? I was so star struck when I first met them because I was such a massive fan of both of them. I loved Phil in Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars, and Lesley’s career is one that I’ve followed for the last ten years. I was very nervous, but they were so incredible with me, and I’ve learnt so much from working with them both. There’s nothing they don’t know about this industry. I’ve seen from your Instagram that you’re recently met Billie Piper. How do you find that and how do you find meeting fans of your work? Billie Piper’s been my idol since I was about 11. She was probably my first ever acting inspiration when Doctor Who came back, because I’m a massive fan of that. I could barely speak when I met her, so my sister did most of the talking. When I meet fans, it’s lovely but a little bizarre because I don’t think of myself in those terms. But all the Outlander fans are amazing. They’re very generous people.
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