MY FAVOURITE MOVIES | Raffey Cassidy: ‘Me, Natalie Portman and Saoirse Ronan’

Hot Corn’s column in which musicians, actors, artists, directors tell us about their favourite movies

If being completely honest, had someone asked me all about my favourite ever movies when I was 17 years old, I’d have given pretty bad answers, listing films that probably comprised of either Vinnie Jones kicking people, or Jean-Claude Van Damme punching them. But Raffey Cassidy is not your typical teenager, she’s a gifted actress with a good head on her shoulders – which was reflected during our chat. Before we said our goodbyes, she became the latest star to take place in our ‘My Favourite Movies’ feature series.

Natalie Portman with Raffey Cassidy in the excellent Vox Lux

What’s the first film you ever fell in love with? 

It was Hanna with Saoirse Ronan. I’ve been addicted to that. I don’t know why, I think I watched it with my friends at a sleepover and then after that we used to act out scenes in the playground.

No surprise to see a Saoirse Ronan film in here

What’s the one thing you never get tired of watching? 

Hanna is one. I am someone who watches films over and over again, I never get bored. Oh, I’ve got it – Madeline! Or Spice Girls. I don’t know why about Madeline, it’s just a feel-good film. I used to be able to go through and mouth every word that she was about to say, that’s how much I’ve watched it. Spice Girls? I dunno, I just love it. Baby Spice was my favourite.

So. Many. Colours. Our. Eyes. Hurt.

What’s your favourite movie soundtrack? 

Whiplash. I was going to say Tomorrowland, because I’m not afraid to say I love the soundtrack to Tomorrowland.


What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Jane the Virgin. I love Jane the Virgin. If I go off and do something and come back, I won’t be lost, I’ll still follow it. It’s a feel-good film too, you always feel good after watching Jane the Virgin.

Well if you haven’t seen this show, it sure does look fun. Photo: Michael Desmond/The CW

What’s the one scene that always makes you cry? 

Marley & Me. Or Red Dog. That was the first film I ever cried at. I don’t know why, dogs just really get to me.

Oh God, so many Marleys.

What’s your favourite Natalie Portman film? 

I think I might say Black Swan, which I only watched recently. Or, oh my God, I completely forget this – but Leon: The Professional is my favourite. I watched that ages ago.

Great shot of Portman on the set of Leon – an actress Cassidy will no doubt wish to emulate

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