“I’ve been getting so many messages about it, largely positive because I think a lot of people who watched it are connecting with the very emotional story in there.
“The message of the film is if we don’t cling to empathy and respect, we’re going to destroy ourselves. In hindsight, that’s the message that for me is very stark.”
The daughter of a Co. Meath mum and a dad from the south of Italy, Aisling grew up in Dublin and treasures both sides of her heritage.
Summer holidays and Christmas breaks were often spent in Italy, where she has a large extended family.
She is now based in the US, having decided to move there a couple of years ago.
“I did want to come to the States. I had actually gone to L.A. first because a lot of people I spoke to said that’s the place to go as an actor. But it’s not the city for me. I love what I do, it’s a huge part of who I am. But if you say ‘the industry’ there, it can only mean one thing, the entertainment industry. And I just feel that it’s really easy to get bogged down in terms of where you’re at.
“In New York, you have a lot of different artistic endeavours, you have a lot of different industries, you have a big mix of culture.”
Aisling first shot to fame as the young babysitter fixated with Jamie Dornan’s serial killer in The Fall.
It was one of her first ever acting jobs, and she remembers: “Even at the time, I was going whoa, what the hell!? It was definitely a kind of learn-on-your-feet experience.
“Looking back now I think that actually set the tone in the kind of roles that I get sent – slightly broken or dark or traumatised.”
It’s set to be a huge few months for the actress, who has a co-lead with Gemma Arterton in Black Narcissus, a TV adaptation of the classic novel.
It tells the story of a group of nuns who try to establish a mission at a remote location, only for tragedy and scandal to follow.
The series is already being heavily promoted in the US in advance of its launch next month, and then comes to the BBC.
She has also just completed working with Sandra Bullock on an untitled drama thriller for Netflix.
“I think she’s incredible. She’s also smart and really nice.”
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