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No more Miss Nice Girl as Emma decides to embrace her dark side


Emma Eliza Regan.  Picture; Gerry Mooney

Emma Eliza Regan. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Emma Eliza Regan. Picture; Gerry Mooney

CANNES-BOUND actress Emma Eliza Regan is looking forward to shedding her wholesome image as she embraces her dark side for her latest film role.

The 22-year-old petite brunette has been tipped as one to watch in 2013.

For the time being, she is looking forward to sampling French cuisine and meeting other Irish film buffs when she flies out to the film festival tomorrow.

Her breakthrough role, the short film Out There, has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner.

The creme de la creme of the movie world, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Harry Potter star Emma Watson, are all at this year's festival.

Emma will be joined by the cast and crew from her nominated movie and is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the other Irish guests at Cannes when she attends the Irish Film Board bash on Saturday.

But as well as enjoying the glitz and glamour, ambitious Emma has also lined up meetings with production companies and directors.


"One of them has a script and they actually want an Irish girl; they got in touch with me and they have seen Out There online, so that's exciting.

"Hopefully one thing will lead to another," added Emma, who was on hand to launch the new Odeon cinema app, which provides customers with up-to-date cinema information.

Emma's star is on the rise and she has an exciting summer in store as she begins filming in August on her first feature film, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

"When I come back from Cannes, I start getting into character for that because I have to completely transform myself for the role, so it's going to be a really good summer," Emma told the Diary.

In what she describes as a "really dark Irish drama", Emma plays the lead role of a 19-year-old girl who goes off the rails after her sister is found dead.


"I'm working loads with the director because it is a real challenge," Emma said.

"Obviously with my image it's great to be chosen for a different role and she's really dark and driven and edgy.

"I want to be considered for different roles; I don't want to be boxed off as one thing.

"I want to be challenged; I don't want to be just a girlfriend in the corner.

"I'm seen as dreamy, petite and pale, so it's nice to break out of that and it's really good to do character work," she added.