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Interview with Rosie Day

by Emily Healey-Lynham

Currently starring in the new play by Sarah Rutherford The Girl Who Fell at Trafalgar Studios, we got to talk to Rosie Day about her role in the show and wanting to play a kick ass character!

How did you get into acting, was there a particular performance you saw that resonated with you? 

My sister did it as a child, and I accidentally got roped in for a BBC series as they needed a younger sister for her! Total mistake! It wasn’t until I was about 14 that I realised I wanted to do it as a career! 

 What has been your favourite role you have played and why? 

Every role has been so different really, but I can say, I adore doing theatre roles. Being on stage is unlike anything else there is.

Where did you train?

I didn’t, I’m a child actor that’s just grown up doing it, winging it! Learning on the job!

Can you tell us about your current show, The Girl Who Fell, what can people expect from the show?

It’s about a teenage girl who’s committed suicide, and the affect it has on her mother, best friend and boyfriend, as they deal with feelings of guilt, and loss, and as they all realise, everyone’s hiding something. But despite the dark subject matter, it is really very funny. We have audiences rolling about at some scenes, which is credit to our writer’s brilliant story telling. 

What drew you to the role of Billie?

I play a lot of teenagers, but Billie seemed like a mini adult, she’s a super smart fact book, that comes across very sassy and confident but actually has a huge amount of turmoil inside her, which slowly gets revealed. She’s a lot of fun to do! 

What message would you like people to take away from the show?

I hope maybe they see there are no right answers, no proper ways to deal with grief. That it’s okay for it to be messy, and dark, but to see there will be light eventually. Also, the perils of social media and the effects it’s having on our lives. 

Where has been your favourite place to perform on stage and why? 

Here, at Trafalgar studios. It’s the loveliest place to work, everyone that’s here is so friendly, and it hugely makes a difference!

What is the most rewarding thing about your work? 

People’s reactions to a story you might be telling. Saying it helped them, or something resonated with them. Or that they just had a really lovely evening of escapism from it. 

What’s been a funny moment for you on stage?  Any mishaps you want to share!? 

Not so much funny, but we’ve all had various bugs going around, so I’ve had a couple of coughing fits on stage- and I’m like, are you allowed to cough on stage? Such a panic when it happens!

Who are your influences and inspirations?

Ruth Wilson, I think she’s incredible on stage and screen. 

What’s your go to song for auditions or just singing in the shower? 

I don’t really sing in auditions as I’m quite shy with that, but I do love a bit of Taylor Swift.

Is there a role (regardless of gender) you would love to play in a show?

I would love to do Hedda Gabler. I think she’s one of the ultimate kick ass women in theatre.

Where can people follow your work on Twitter/Facebook/YouTube etc?

@rosiedaydream on Twitter @rosiejaneday on instagram. 

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