Meet The Cast: Kiera Falcus

Kiera Falcus is one of the newest faces at Rianne Pictures playing the role of Melissa in our upcoming film Coming out for Christmas. Here she talks to us about her experience making the film, her passions about wanting more transgender representations on screen and why the North East has a lot more to offer the film and TV world!

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE ON SET OF COMING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS?

KIERA: Hilarious. We had such a good day – and the cast and crew were lovely. It was a joy to shoot with such a professional and hard-working company (ran by women which is a plus!). I made some friends along the way which was lovely.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE COMING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

KIERA: Hilarious, uplifting and important.

WHAT WAS IT THAT DREW YOU TO YOUR CHARACTER IN COMING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS?

KIERA: Melissa just made me laugh. She’s so oblivious to everything going on outside of her own exciting news, and she’s just happy to be there. It’s rare you get to play someone who is actually just a nice person, having a good time, and it was great to do.

Still of Kiera and David Heslop as Melissa and Ben in Coming out for Christmas

Still of Kiera and David Heslop as Melissa and Ben in Coming out for Christmas

DO YOU THINK THERE ARE A GOOD AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING IN FILM/THEATRE/TV IN THE NORTH EAST?

KIERA: I think there are good opportunities, but they are limited. There is a lot more theatre going on than film and tv and that’s something I hope changes in the future. The North East has a lot to offer, and I think it’s about time people saw that!

WHAT OBSTACLES ARE THERE WORKING IN FILM/THEATRE/TV IN THE NORTH EAST?

KIERA: Obviously places like London and Manchester have the monopoly on film and tv, so it can be frustrating at times because there is less up here. However, slowly but surely, I do think that that’s changing. As I said the North East has a lot to offer – and I’m very proud to be from here!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LGBTQ+ FILM AND WHY?

KIERA: My favourite LGBTQ+ film is undoubtedly Call Me By Your Name. I just think it’s such a beautiful film, and the focus isn’t solely on the sexuality of the two characters – it’s a love story, and it’s portrayed like one. The on screen chemistry between the two leads is phenomenal, and I think it’s a really important film. It really portrays the fact that ‘love is love’.

Still of Kiera as Melissa in Coming out for Christmas

Still of Kiera as Melissa in Coming out for Christmas

WHAT IDENTITIES DO YOU WANT TO SEE REPRESENTED IN A MORE POSITIVE WAY ON SCREEN?

KIERA: I think there needs to be more about the transgender community on accessible television personally. A lot of people don’t properly understand it, so they listen to arseholes like Piers Morgan who disregard the community, and are downright rude about them. Sometimes I think that people are inherently against things that they don’t understand, and making them understand could make the world a better place. Plus we just need to see more trans actors on our screens full stop.

IS THERE A FILM/FILMMAKER/ACTOR THAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO ACTING?

KIERA: Not particularly – I always just loved watching things that affected me from a young age. When I was really little I used to watch Snow White and copy every little thing she did in my living room, so can I say that Snow White was the first on screen character that made me want to be an actor? In all seriousness, I don’t think there was any one person who inspired me, but just watching films and tv and plays and feeling affected by them made me want to be able to do it myself.

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANY FILMMAKER OR ACTOR (LIVING OR DEAD) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

KIERA: This is a tough one. I’m currently obsessed with Florence Pugh – I watched her in Lady Macbeth recently and I think she’s incredible and must see Midsommar soon.

Melissa behind the scenes

Melissa behind the scenes

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED FILM THIS YEAR?

KIERA: Little Women. The cast line up is AMAZING. Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothee Chalamet! Plus it’s directed by Greta Gerwig, so it’s exciting that we’ll get to see such a strong female-heavy cast, directed by a woman.

WHAT’S THE BEST FILM OR TV SHOW YOU HAVE SEEN RECENTLY AND WHY?

KIERA: Years and Years. Oh my god it’s terrifyingly relevant and beautifully put together. I think it’s possibly one of the greatest TV shows of all time, it had me in bits.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?

KIERA: I’ve just finished being part of the cast of Isolation at the Customs House, which was written by a young local writer and performed by young actors which was really cool – and that’s getting a reboot in the near future which is super exciting. Other than that I’m just writing and auditioning at the moment!

Coming out for Christmas will be released later this year, you can follow Kiera on social media @kierafalcus