Sheffield actress and scriptwriter Hayley Nolan has set out on a mission to bring every woman’s dream of dating George Clooney to the big screen.
On the basis that it’s an ambition shared by millions she and her producing partner Nadia Jordan have launched a crowdfunding scheme to raise the cash to get the feature film, Looking for George Clooney, off the ground.
They are appealing to cpeople to get involved and pledge sponsorship to the production of the film in exchange for a variety of perks ranging from becoming an executive producer and having a cameo role to tickets to cast screenings in Hollywood and London.
Although both are British, the pair met in Hollywood. Nadia, who has previously worked for BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky, dreamed up the story of Poppy, a bored housewife whose marriage has broken down but instead of going in search of herself she goes in search of her dream man, George Clooney.
She pitched the idea to Hayley who jumped at the chance to bring the story and characters to life and write the film script.
The duo also intend to star in Looking for George Clooney with Nadia as kooky heroine Poppy and Hayley playing her LA therapist Dr Eve Carter.
“We both come from a strong acting background,” says Nadia, “Hayley wrote and starred in Credit Crunch: The Musical in the West End and Glee viral Sue Sylvester’s Daughter and I’ve performed on stage and in films in London, New York and LA, so it made perfect sense for Hayley to write the roles for us. And if it means I get to fall in love with George Clooney on screen then even better!”
Hayley grew up in Stannington and while at Shooters Grove Primary School made her stage debut with Darnall Operatic Society and in a production for the Sheffield Children’s Festival at the Crucible. Then the family moved to France and returned to Sheffield when she was 16 and soon after that she left for London to train in acting.
“From being a little kid I had always written things and when I was about 19 in London I realised I didn’t just want to be an actor so I enrolled on the Royal Court young playwrights workshop and a sciptwriting course at RADA . I took it seriously,” she explains.
The pair have filmed a trailer for their movie on crowd funding website, www.LookingForGeorgeClooney.com, where people can find out how to get involved,
“We’ve set our budget at $60,000, which is actually considered a micro budget in the movie industry,” Nadia says.
Stephen Fry and Caroline Criado-Perez have tweeted their support for the project. And have they approached George Clooney himself? “We will and we’ll ask him if he’ll do a cameo,” says Hayley. “You never know, he seems a nice down-to-earth guy.”