Thursday 27 April 2017

The Fall’s rising star: introducing our new girl crush, Aisling Franciosi

Aisling Franciosi
Aisling Franciosi
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Actress Aisling Franciosi has racked up an impressive CV so far - and all at the tender age of 22.

In The Fall, Italian born Franciosi plays Katie, 16-year-old babysitter who is obsessed with serial killer Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan.

Jamie Dornan who plays the serial killer Paul Spector with Aisling Franciosi who plays Spector’s babysitter Katie
Jamie Dornan who plays the serial killer Paul Spector with Aisling Franciosi who plays Spector’s babysitter Katie

The young star admits she had no idea the show would take off like it has, and she finds it “surreal” when she sees Dornan on massive billboards since he bagged the coveted role in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Franciosi, fluent in four languages, also looks set to benefit from the international hype generated by The Fall. It is soon due to debut on US Netflix, meaning the bright lights of Hollywood could be beckoning.

“Timing wise it couldn’t be better for me to go out,” Aisling told Irish Tatler. “I would love to do American work - there’s some great thing happening in TV in the States.

“As much as I still want to do film, sometimes I think there’s great scope to really explore a character through a few seasons. To be honest, my only goal is to do good, quality work, wherever that is, I’ll go wherever that takes me.

Aisling Franciosi attends the premiere of the Ken Loach film Jimmy's Hall at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Ireland - 27.05.14
Aisling Franciosi attends the premiere of the Ken Loach film Jimmy's Hall at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Ireland - 27.05.14

Franciosi, who is also a classically trained singer, is gaining further attention in Ireland thanks to her role in Quirke alongside Gabriel Byrne.

Screen International recently named her as one of their Stars of Tomorrow - a title previously bestowed on Carey Mulligan, James McAvoy and Robert Pattinson.

The 22-year-old confessed she sometimes finds it hard to deal with the pressure of being tipped as the one to watch, although she is more than willing to step up to the plate.

“Obviously, it’s a massive compliment, some of the people who have tipped me are very well respected.

“Sometimes I go, ‘Oh god, I don’t know if I’ll ever live up to that.’ But then I remember that there is so much that dictates your career. I try not to let external opinions get in on what I expect of myself. I obviously want to do good work, and if that gets some recognition, then great.”

The stunning star also told the outlet that despite her glamorous job, she is very low maintenance when it comes to her own beauty routine.

Aisling Franciosi at the Cannes Film Festival
Aisling Franciosi at the Cannes Film Festival

“It’s only when I went to university that I started getting an interest in makeup,” she said. “I’m actually so annoying, I’m always asking, ‘How do you use this, and what would you suggest for...’”

“Feeling good is number one. And if looking a little better makes you feel a bit better, I don’t see what’s wrong with that.”

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