T Magazine (2016)

Four Actresses on the Rise – Rebecca Ferguson

June 2, 2016 / Written by Jeff Oloizia

“Had this happened when I was 18 or 19, I think it would have been a different situation,” Rebecca Ferguson says. This refers to movie stardom, which came hard and fast after the 32-year-old Swedish actress shot, kicked and rappelled her way into public consciousness as the dubious spy Ilsa Faust opposite Tom Cruise in 2015’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” A pair of prestigious roles should continue that trajectory, as Ferguson appears alongside Meryl Streep in Stephen Frears’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” out in August, and as a new wife caught up in a grisly mystery in the film adaptation of last year’s ubiquitous beach read, “The Girl on the Train,” due this fall. The latter is particularly fraught with expectations, but Ferguson has coped, in part, by splitting time between London and the southern coast of Sweden, where she can relax with her 9-year-old son, Isac. “When you do massive movies, there’s so many people and it’s early call times and we complain about how hard it is,” she says, “and then you come back to a fishing village where people are struggling with their own things. I love the balance of it.”

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