Jessie Buckley & Tom Harper on ‘Wild Rose’ and the Honesty of Country Music

     March 19, 2019

You’re going to want to pencil in Wild Rose for a number of reasons but primarily because it’s got a lead performance not to be missed. Jessie Buckley headlines the film as Rose-Lynn. She’s always dreamed of making her way to Nashville and becoming a country music star, but her life in Glasgow took some turns. The movie begins with Rose-Lynn’s release from prison, after which she’s eager to get right back to singing. Trouble is, due to her ankle monitor, she can’t go back to work as the house-band singer at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry and on top of that, her mother (Julie Walters) has been taking care of her two young children. Rose-Lynn’s story is a fiery and passionate one about finding a fulfilling balance between dreams and responsibilities, with the added bonus of showcasing Buckley’s remarkable singing.

Wild Rose celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and now it’s making the rounds on the festival circuit before hitting theaters on May 10th. While in Austin for the film’s US Premiere at SXSW, Buckley and director Tom Harper took the time to swing by the Collider Studio to talk about making the movie. We discussed the beauty and challenges that come with playing a flawed lead character, the magic of country music, and so much more. You can catch the full conversation in the video player at the top of this article. There’s also a handy breakdown of the interview below.

moonfire-lounge-sxsw-mondayI’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, A-List Communications. At the Moonfire Lounge venue in Austin, libations were flowing courtesy of Tequila Comisario, Blue Moon Belgian White, Line39 Wine, and Hint Water. Without these fine folks, we wouldn’t be able to share conversations about movies like Wild Rose with all of you, so another big thank you to our partners for their support.

Jessie Buckley & Tom Harper:

  • Harper on how he reconnected with Buckley for this movie.
  • Buckley on the challenge and beauty of playing a character with some abrasive qualities.
  • Buckley and Harper share stories of getting knocked down in the industry but overcoming those setbacks.
  • The nice surprises that resulted from some on-set challenges.
  • They talk about working with the movie’s two young stars.
  • What is it about country music that really speaks to them?
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