Monday 18 December 2017

Emma Eliza takes a bite of the Big Apple as new film takes off

Actress Emma Eliza Regan at the Cannes Film Festival in France
Pictrure;Brian McEvoy
Actress Emma Eliza Regan at the Cannes Film Festival in France Pictrure;Brian McEvoy

Irish actress Emma Eliza Regan is set to meet with some big name New York agents after the success of her latest film, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

The Galway native, who plays the lead role in the horror flick, has just returned from an exclusive screening at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, which was attended by Orlando Bloom and Mark Ruffalo.

But before she heads Stateside, the brunette beauty is busy promoting WB Yeats inspired film, The Second Coming.

Kate Moss's infamous ex-boyfriend and Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty, takes on the lead role of Yeats while Regan plays love interest Maud Gonne.

"Everyone asks me about Pete, there's such a big interest around him. He's an incredible talent, very interesting and poetic," the former ballerina told the Diary.

"The film is a modern-day interpretation of a Yeats poem.

"The film is about the darkness and the beauty of Maud Gonne's relationship with Yeats and how she inspired him," she added.


While she is excited to chat about work, the 26-year-old remains coy about her love life but says her relationship with director and producer Randall Plunkett, the 21st Baron of Dunsany, is "very much over".

Emma Eliza is currently preparing to play the lead in the psychological thriller, Nursery, which will begin filming in London later this month.

"It's a tough role, I'm playing a girl who doesn't know the difference between reality and what's in her mind," she explains.

"We start shooting in London. Some of it will be shot in a stately home which I'm looking forward to.

"Once that wraps I'm heading to New York because Darkness of the Edge is being released there in October.

"I'll be meeting with an agency when I'm there and I'm interested in exploring my options, but I don't think I'll be moving there any time soon as I'm doing well here at the moment," she said.

As for future projects, she says she has been inundated with scripts about the 1916 Rising.

"I've been getting a lot of scripts for films that look at the untold stories of women who were involved in the Rising which is brilliant," she said.

"Women are often forgotten in great historical dramas so it's great to see so many projects that focus on women."

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