Young actors hit ‘overwhelming’ Cannes for first time

How not to trip on the red carpet in vertiginous heels, which star-studded Champagne party to go to, and how to bring yourself back down to earth next week when it’s all over.

Just a few of the dilemmas faced by young actors at Cannes this week, experiencing their first festival on the French Riviera.

Aisling Franciosi, one of the Irish stars of director Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ – which is among 18 films in competition for the festival’s top Palme d’Or prize – said she didn’t allow herself to get excited until the day she arrived in the south of France. “I remember I was on my way to set, because I’m in season two of ‘The Fall’, and our producer Rebecca called me and said ‘are you free in the middle of May?’ Obviously, I just said ‘yes’ straight away, not knowing if I was or wasn’t. But then I had to wait to see if the schedules would work. So I didn’t allow myself to feel excited until I was on the plane and it was actually happening,” she told reporters on Thursday, a few hours ahead of the film’s premiere.

Franciosi, 22, from Dublin, described the experience of being in Cannes as “surreal” and at times nerve-wracking. It is not only the young actress’s first time in Cannes – ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ is also her first film role, although she has had parts in several television series. “I did have a couple of moments where I was not exactly panicking but it’s kind of daunting particularly because I’ve never been on a red carpet,” she said. 

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