Who is Jessie Buckley, the Oscar-nominated Irish actress who sends Hollywood flying?

Her name is little known in France but Jessie Buckley is an actress full of talent. A true star in Ireland, she was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in The Lost Daughter, by Maggie Gyllenhal. A new star to follow.

"The Lost Daughter"Jessie Buckley, Copyright Yannis Drakoulidis/Netflix

“The Lost Daughter”, Jessie Buckley, Copyright Yannis Drakoulidis/Netflix

With a red mane, a smile on her lips and a modest demeanor, 32-year-old actress Jessie Buckley exudes a sincere kindness that makes her irresistible. Is it his accent straight from his native Kerry in the southwest of Ireland? Is it her eclectic career, between British telecrochet – she also finished second in the reality TV game I’d Do Anything broadcast by the BBC in 2008 – and American blockbuster? The Irish actress and singer, who is a real star in her native country as evidenced by the many British fan accounts and the hundreds of articles about her in the local press, is in any case a good place for herself in the cinema. His interpretation of Queen Victoria alongside Robert Downey Jr and Emma Tomphson, in The Voyage of Dr. Doolittlein 2020, is one of the proofs.

"Jersey Affair," Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Copyright Bac Films
"Jersey Affair," Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Copyright Bac Films

“Jersey Affair,” Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Copyright Bac Films

With a vocal coach mother and former opera singer, she studied piano, clarinet and harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in her youth and only dreamed of music and singing. Discipline from which she draws a feeling of freedom that she loves above all. However, it is for a film that she celebrates her first Oscar nomination today, vying for the award for “best actress in a supporting role” for her interpretation in the Netflix film The Lost Daughter (2022). An honor for the one who says she is very impressed to compete alongside prestigious actresses: Judi Dench in Belfast or Kirsten Dunst, in The Power of Dog. But if it is for the cinema that she is named today, Jessie Buckley has repeatedly proven that she was as comfortable on the boards as on the screen. Graduated in 2013 from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she multiplies the musicals and even wins a prize for her interpretation in Carousel in 2008. In 2017, she starred in her first film, the thriller Jersey Affair where she is then illustrated in an ambivalent role: a young woman of ingenuous appearance who plays a dangerous game by falling in love with a mysterious man accused of murder.

But it’s mostly the feel-good-movie wild rose (2018), in which she plays a country singer, which makes her a confirmed actress. Her youth spent singing with her mother and her brothers and sisters make her an outstanding musical performer, she who sings all the songs in the film and co-wrote some of them. She even began to practice and appreciate country, she who swore only by Celtic music, and transformed her accent, to put herself in the shoes of a Scottish woman. At odds with her dynamic singer character, we found her in 2019 in the HBO series Chernobyl (2019). Huge critical and audience success – with the final episodes being watched by more than six million viewers – the series has made the face of Jessie Buckley absolutely recognizable. The public then discovers a poignant actress who plays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, the companion of one of the irradiated firefighters trying to put out the fire at the well-known power station. In an unforgettable, true-to-life scene, Jessie Buckley breaks quarantine rules and risks contagion to kiss her fiancé as he dies of radiation poisoning. A role that marked her and led her to question the sometimes negative power of love, she who lived through dark times, when in 2017, her breakup with one of her former partners at the screen, James Norton, made the fat cabbage of the Anglo-Saxon tabloids.

Wild Rose, (2019). Copyright 2019 eOne Germany
Wild Rose, (2019). Copyright 2019 eOne Germany

Wild Rose, (2019). Copyright 2019 eOne Germany

The one who describes herself as “too wild” for Hollywood (in an interview for the French daily website The Parisian), yet dazzled the world with her performance in the Netflix adaptation of Elena Ferrante, by Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Lost Daughter, with Olivia Coleman is an intimate and poignant women’s film. She plays the role of younger Olivia Coleman, plagued by doubts about her motherhood, and who struggles to reconcile her role as a mother and her professional life. Only actress of The Lost Daughter to be nominated for the Oscars, she is very proud of it, because it is for her such a “special” film, which allowed her to play alongside women whom she supports and admires so much. Far from the big Hollywood spectacle, the film talks about the difficulty of being a mother and denounces the injunctions made in this regard. He could easily be described as a feminist as he emancipates himself from the male gaze which wreaks havoc in productions across the Atlantic. Jessie Buckley is one of those actresses who are committed: involved in the defense of women’s rights in the film industry, she openly displays her support for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. But she prefers to keep her distance from the circus of the big American studios, preferring her native Ireland, and Great Britain. Sulking social networks, she recently left the big city to settle in an old Gothic house in the county of Norfolk in the north of England. To big machines, she prefers lower budget films and original projects. We currently discover it in the musical Cabaret until October 2022, alongside British comedian Eddie Redmayne (fantastic animalss), while she will be showing in May 2022 a horror film by Alex Garland, Men.

The Lost Daughter (2022) by Maggie Gyllenhaal, available on Netflix.

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Who is Jessie Buckley, the Oscar-nominated Irish actress who sends Hollywood flying?