Rosie Day

by Paul Craig

Darkness Comes to Us All
Rosie Day Raises the Bar On Emotion
Encapsulating Rosie Day with attributes of any kind feels self-serving, a lame shortcut to the edge of a personality rather than the heart of one. Descriptors ring false and fall short. But, how else to describe a 19-year-old starlet who’s already done more than most but with the prototypical terminology of Hollywood?

Okay: She’s spunky. Lively. Opinionated. And Rosie can be described as diminutive in stature. That much can be said definitively and without subjection. Her range, however, is not remotely diminutive, evidenced in her transition from dedicated television actress throughout her childhood to the lead in the horror-thriller film The Seasoning House.

Loosely based on true events, the milieu of The Seasoning House is an indistinct European war-zone, home to a brothel where active combatants relieve their violent base instincts. Rosie’s character, the deaf and near-mute Angel, is violently forced from her home and made to witness the horrors of human nature in a state of lawlessness as she tends the women of the brothel who, inevitably, are collateral damage in the ‘might-is-right’ system of anarchy.

“It’s a lovely, happy tale isn’t it?” Day laughs. “I read it and I was like, ‘God, this is dark.’ This was so different than anything else I had done. But characters like mine don’t come along very often. I was dying to play her.” While the time and place of the film’s war in question are ambiguous, the human—notably female—cost of the conflict is starkly defined. “The Seasoning House is a very harsh film with a lot of strong matters in it, but it’s shot like a fairytale. It’s very dream-like, so for the first hour you’re hypnotized by it all.”

In person, Rosie moves from topic to topic with bright rapidity, making it easy to envision the chapters of her life preceding her starring-turn: a childhood composed of scripts, sets, and shifting casts of characters, peppered with the novel childhood archetypes like sleepovers and boyfriends that were frayed by acting. Any wistfulness about an atypical childhood is absent, and Day’s anecdotes are bookended by the experiences her acting afforded.

“When I was in the West End in the summer when I was 16, the rest of the cast used to take me out with them, and I used to take my sister’s passport to get into all the clubs. It was the most amazing, hedonistic summer a 16-year-old could ever have. I miss people, or moments in time. I miss them so much. I suppose it kind of connects with acting: capturing moments.”

Encouraged to shed light on her expectations for the experiences yet to be captured in time and filed into memory, Rosie exhibits an enviable work ethic, while highlighting the challenge of uniting acting and adolescence. “I’d quite like a boyfriend, I’m not going to lie. I’ve gotten to the age where everybody else has one and I’d like one, too. But my career comes first…I’m looking to have fun. I’d just love to work and be happy, and have more teenager experiences as well.”  With a bevy of positive reviews for her role in The Seasoning House, and with time undoubtedly on her side, Rosie seems to be in the midst of her own moment, poised to be filed and pined over as her life and career continue.

Photographer: Roger Deckker at rogerdeckker.com. Stylist: Jeanie Annan-Lewin. Hair: Daniel Dyer. Makeup: Amanda Grossman for frankagency.co.uk.

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