From a role in television’s Outlander to a feature part in All Roads Lead to Rome alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, actress Rosie Day is having a stellar year. We grab the up-and-coming star to talk feminism, fandom and fashion on film.
You’ve starred in the likes of TV’s Misfits and feature parts in films like The Seasoning House and All Roads Lead to Rome- what has been your favourite project so far?
“My favourite project was probably [All Roads Lead to Rome] because it was a romcom and I’ve always wanted to do one. The Seasoning House was a horror movie I made when I was 17 and that will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first feature film I made.”
Let’s talk about your role in Outlander. How did you prepare for the period drama and did you enjoy wearing the costumes?
“I hadn’t done any period pieces for a while but it was lovely to get back into that and the costumes are the most beautiful things I’ve ever worn. Each one is handmade and takes months to make and they weigh more than I do! In the sun when it was very hot they were incredibly difficult to wear for 12 hours a day. My favourite dress had to be one I wore in a scene to go to a ball- it was exactly the same colour as Cinderella’s dress!”
Your new movie All Roads Lead to Rome sees you acting alongside Sarah Jessica-Parker. What was it like working with her?
“She is the nicest, most normal and most fun human being! I literally spent two months in her pocket, we went out for dinner every night and explored [Rome] and saw all the sights-we had a lovely time. She is a child actor as well, so we both approach work in a similar way.”
The movie is ideal for Valentine’s day, but would you say your character Summer was a kind of anti-Valentine?
“Yes! Definitely. Summer has a boyfriend that she thinks she really loves but that doesn’t work out so well because he’s awful. I definitely think she’s an anti-Valentine and I think I’m similar to her in the sense that I’m not particularly interested in relationships!”
Talk us through Summer’s look.
“The director’s daughter is a similar age to me, and she actually dresses like Summer and the inspiration for the look came from her. I was the biggest fan of Avril Lavigne growing up, and I’ve always wanted to dress like that and have pink hair so being able to live that out was a total dream come true.”
We’ve also seen you’re a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games. When did your love of her begin?
“I saw her in Winter’s Bone and I thought she was great in that, but when I saw her in the Hunger Games I thought it was the best thing ever; up to the point that I wanted to be Katniss. I even took up archery lessons because I wanted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow! Whenever I’m sad I either watch videos of Jennifer Lawrence or Taylor swift-they are my go-to girls, I think they’re brilliant.”
Talking of Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift, do you have any other role models?
“I have a lot of idols. I’m not the kind of girl who has posters of fit guys; I have posters of inspiration women. One of my bedroom walls is just covered in people I love. In terms of people in acting I love Carey Mulligan and Kate Winslet, Julie Walters; just actors that are so versatile and women I aspire to be like. On a social level Caitlin Moran I adore; she’s a wonderful woman and I’m a feminist, so I can connect with her. I really like smart, funny women.”
If you could play any character from The Hunger Games franchise who would it be and why?
“I think every girl would love to be Katniss, but other than her, maybe Peeta because he goes through so much. He has so much undying love for Katniss and it all goes wrong for him in the middle, but true loves prevails!”
What future projects do you have in store?
“I finished a BBC film called Butterfly Kisses which is released at the end of the year and I have a couple more films coming out in the next 12 months but I’m kind of moving into a period of ‘whats next’, I haven’t really decided just yet!”
All Roads Lead To Rome is out on digital platforms now and out on DVD from the 29th February, 2016 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
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