If you enjoyed the on-screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, it might be worth tuning into new series Conversations With Friends.
Taylor Swift’s long-time boyfriend Joe Alwyn stars as Nick, an actor who becomes involved in a complicated love affair with 21-year-old Frances.
Alwyn has been in the business for a while but Alison Oliver, who plays Frances, is fresh out of drama school and recently told Harper’s Bazaar the Sally Rooney adaptation is her first job and an “introduction to the industry”.
So, who is Alison Oliver and what is her real age? Here’s what we know.
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Alison Oliver says Conversations With Friends is her first job
Alison Oliver plays college student Frances on-screen but, in real life, she graduated from Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin in 2020. Shortly after, she bagged herself an audition for the Sally Rooney adaptation.
A long-time Sally Rooney fan, it made total sense her first professional job is Conversations With Friends.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, the Irish actress explained: “It was my first job, so it’s kind of my introduction to the industry.
“It has changed my life in so many ways. It felt amazing and terrifying and indescribably exciting. I just feel so grateful I got to do something as wonderful and something I was so passionate about already. This feels pretty life-changing.”
Outside of promoting Conversations With Friends, Oliver admitted she hasn’t always tried to build her public presence and it seems as though social media is not her thing. “I actually just made an Instagram,” she told Glamour. “I don’t have a TikTok or anything, but I’m figuring it out.”
It looks as though the actress has figured the whole thing out pretty fast, and has already racked up almost 10k followers on Instagram just days after Conversations With Friends made its debut.
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What is Alison Oliver’s real age?
Irish newcomer Alison Oliver plays 21-year-old Frances in Conversations With Friends, and there isn’t much of an age gap between her character’s age and her real age. Glamour reports Oliver is 24 years old.
Being just three years older than Frances, Oliver clearly recalls what her character is going through. “I also really relate to her feeling of when she’s coming out of college and going into adult life because I was doing that around the same time I was auditioning for her,” the 24-year-old shared.
“She can feel really lost trying to figure out who she is, what her place is in the world, where she stands. I definitely relate to that, or definitely did at that time. I still do now to an extent. Sally Rooney finds really brilliant ways of describing that feeling so I really connected to that part of her story.”
Conversations With Friends star looked for advice from Normal People cast
TV series Normal People was a hit in 2020 so, when preparing for her role in another Sally Rooney adaptation, Alison Oliver looked for advice from Paul Mescal, who she knew from college, and Daisy Edgar-Jones.
“I knew Paul a little bit from college and he was so lovely in getting in touch and I think it’s really nice to have that contact across the shows because it is quite a similar thing,” Oliver told the Daily Mail.
“We are all part of the Rooneyverse, so there is a camaraderie. They told me to just enjoy it.”
You can stream Conversations With Friends now on BBC iPlayer or Hulu.