Images by Jan-Willem Dikkers
“My key point of insparation is Audrey Hepburn (of course),
but honestly anything and everything can be inspiring.”
— Francesca Reale
Actor Francesca Reale plays Miranda’s exasperated, voice of reason and normality sister Emily on the Netflix series Haters Back Off! (Starring Colleen Ballinger / YouTube character Miranda Sings). Reale is currently filming Season Two of Haters, slated for release later this year.
Christopher Reale, Francesca’s brother, is an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles.
Actor Francesca Reale was recently back in Los Angeles for a break from rainy Vancouver, where she is filming season two of Haters Back Off!. I met up with Francesca at her parents’ home and noticed her brother has a makeshift photography studio in the garage. He agreed to shoot a few of his own photos to contribute to our story as well.
What’s your story of getting started as an actor?
My parents showed me a ton of old movies when I was a kid, and I fell in love with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn. I thought to myself, “I have to do that.” Then I did a couple of musicals in high school and started training as an actor when I went to college.
What do you most like about your line of work?
The people that I get to meet and the places that I get to travel.
What inspires you?
Everything. My key point of inspiration is Audrey Hepburn (of course), but honestly anything and everything can be inspiring. A specific line of a book, movie or TV show, New York City when it’s snowing, LA when it’s sunny, a pretty sunset, a vintage piece of clothing, or a cool store. They can all trigger some point of inspiration for me.
If you were starting your own YouTube channel, what would you do?
I have no idea. I am absolutely hopeless with technology. So maybe it would be me learning how to using technology? That sounds horribly lame, I know.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very weather and mood dependent. I love the classic stuff like high necklines. I like patterns, but I mostly wear solid colors. When I’m not actively trying to look presentable or working, I’m all about comfort. Whatever I can move around in and is the softest works for me.
Do you recall your first favorite T-shirt?
I used to own this powder blue cotton T-shirt that was off the shoulder (even though I never wore it that way) with a high neckline in the front and a small scoop in the back. I am pretty positive I wore it for the majority of middle and high school.
What’s next for you?
To be determined! Filming the second season of Haters Back Off!