‘I can’t remember what he said to me because I had my face buried in my hands’

Cover girl: Jessie features in the Sunday Business Post magazine

FABULOUS Wild Rose star Jessie Buckley has told of how mortified she felt the first and only time she met fellow Killarney movie star Michael Fassbender.

The supremely talented actress from Muckross said she briefly met the star of 12 Years a Slave and Hunger on just one occasion – when she was a teenager – because her dad knows the Fassbender family.

She said they were all in St Mary’s Cathedral one Christmas and her dad brought her up to the Oscar nominated star and shouted ‘Michael, This is my daughter Jessie and she wants to be an actress’.

Reflecting on that chance meeting, a mortified Jessie remarked: “I can’t remember what he said to me because I had my face buried in my hands, but it was something encouraging, probably. I could have killed my dad”.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Sunday Business Post, Jessie said Michael Fassbender probably has no idea who she is because they are different generations.

But, it’s safe to assume, the Fossa man is very much aware of the rising star daughter of Tim Buckley, a very talented poet, and harpist and singer Marina Cassidy who is destined for the very top.


Jessie is receiving rave reviews for her power-packed performance as tearaway country singer Rose-Lynn Harlan in Wild Rose which opens in Cinema Killarney this week.

She recently scooped a prestigious British Independent Film Award (BiFA) in the most promising newcomer category for her lead role in the psychological thriller Beast. A very accomplished actor, singer and musician previously graced the stage with Killarney Musical Society and won an AIMS Best Actress Award for Carousel before the bright lights beckoned.

She got her big break with a string of stunning performances on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008 before she went on to grace the stage on the West End in a number of critically acclaimed drama performances.

Jessie, 29, enhanced her already huge reputation in a BBC adaptation of War and Peace before playing starring roles in Taboo, The Last Post and The Woman in White.

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