Irish actress/singer Jessie Buckley is getting rave reviews for her role in Wild Rose.
Directed by Tom Harper and written by Nicole Taylor, Wild Rose opened in cinemas in the US on June 21 following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and a release in the UK earlier this year.
In the film, Buckley plays Rose-Lynn Harlan, a single mother from Glasgow who’s just out of prison on drug-related charges and dreams of becoming a country music star in Nashville.
Now back home, the young mother of two is back to her wild ways and performing at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry, a local country-music bar. She gets a job cleaning houses and her singing impresses her wealthy employer, played by Sophie Okonedo, who decides to help her. However, Rose-Lynn’s mother, played by Julie Walters, wants her to grow up and take responsibility for her kids and settle down.
Buckley, 29, was born in Killarney, Co Kerry and educated in Co Tipperary. She got her break in 2008 when she appeared on the BBC vocal talent show I’d Do Anything. She came in second but made a huge impression. She enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to hone her acting skills, and went on to appear as Marya Bolkonskaya in the 2016 BBC version of War and Peace and this year’s HBO hit miniseries Chernobyl.
Buckley has received heaps of praise for her portrayal of the flawed yet engaging character Rose-Lynn.
“Buckley’s naturalism, combined with her abundant charisma and wonderfully warm-toned, slightly gritty singing voice, make her irresistible here,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cape Cod Times reports: “With a lesser actress in the lead role, Wild Rose would be good, but maybe nothing special. Buckley makes it riveting, creating a character who’s larger than life, yet so real you almost feel like you’ve made a new friend.”
The Portland Mercury writes: “It’s time to get on board the Jessie Buckley train…Buckley is a not-to-be-missed talent, and in Wild Rose she positively singes holes in the screen.”