Best known for playing babysitter Katie - teenage temptress to suburban serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) in the Belfast-set drama ‘The Fall’ – actress Aisling Franciosi has indelibly started her career off on a high.
IFTN caught up with Aisling Franciosi to talk about her work in ‘The
Fall’, currently airing Sunday nights on RTÉ (and Thursday nights on
BBC) , and what the future holds for the actress.
We talked with the DOP of the show Ruairí O'Brien
last week and he spoke of the sparse dialogue and the use of imagery to
help the story. I suppose this can be true of the characters too and in
particular with Katie – whose machinations and motivations seem
entirely removed from a normal 15 year old - there is always the sense
that she is saying a lot more with her eyes and face than with her
words. Was this a challenge for you?
Aisling Franciosi: Yeah, actually Allan said that – we were at a Q&A last week there
in Belfast and he said that he quite likes using actors who are able to
say things with their eyes more so – and those are his words not mine!
I’m not saying I can do that but he seems to think I can [laughs]. But I
think that’s the one of the reasons that Jamie Dornan is so good, and
obviously Gillian Anderson too, but as a model Jamie had to learn how to
send something across with his eyes without saying anything and that
really helped the performance because you can read so much without him
saying anything. With Katie, there is definitely a troubled side to her.
She initially seemed in season one a slightly rebellious and precocious
teenager who is kind of coming into being aware of her sexuality but
actually in season two you start to realise that it’s a bit more than
that, there’s something else going on. So, I would maybe describe myself
as quite a cerebral actor anyway so I quite like trying to portray
stuff through the thought process of actually seeing the character
think. So, I quite liked that about ‘The Fall’ and I hope it comes