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Interviews
20th Apr

MATCHBOX – She may be playing a fictional character in Foxtel’s epic two-part war drama Deadline Gallipoli but for WA actress Jessica De Gouw being part of the SA- shot project was a big honour.

“The story has always been of interest to me,” De Gouw says by phone from Louisiana in the US, where she is filming her latest TV project, the 10-part civil war drama Underground.

“We were taught about it in school and commemorate it every year so I expected that there would be projects with the centenary that would do it justice and tell the story well but I thought Deadline Gallipoli has such a different take on it.

“It was a very interesting approach to a popular narrative and the creators behind it were the ones that really drew me to this project.”

The Curtin University graduate, 27, stars as nurse Vera Grant, who is stationed in Egypt during WWI.

As she tends to wounded soldiers, Vera develops a connection with Australian photographer Phillip Schuler, played by WA’s Sam Worthington, also executive producer of the mini-series.

“My character is an amalgamation of a couple of different people but Shaun Grant, one of the writers, did tell me that Vera was based a bit on his grandmother,” she says. “When you think about the women of that time, they weren’t permitted under normal circumstances to co-exist with men in that kind of way.

“So for these women, as well as dealing with the gruelling day-to-day of war, they were completely out of their element socially. The whole experience must have been so overwhelming yet they’re so tough. But they were right there with the men as well, so they were seeing what the men were seeing.”

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Interviews
16th Apr

WHO – When Jessica De Gouw landed in Los Angeles in 2012 she’d barely left the tarmac before winning the role of The Huntress in Arrow, the TV series based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, shot in Vancouver. Next she filmed thriller These Final Hours in her hometown Perth, before spending seven months in Budapest on NBC’s Dracula. As she readies for a six-month move to Louisiana (for pre Civil War drama Underground), the 27-year-old talks to Alison Boleyn about Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli, growing up barefoot, and the strange, new allure of creature comforts.

After so much moving, where’s home?
London. I finally unpacked the suitcases I’ve had for four years. I’ve always considered myself a bit of a gypsy and enjoyed the fact I could fit my whole life into two suitcases. Then suddenly I was like, ‘Actually I’d like to have some nice towels and cushions.’

Why not Los Angeles?
London is quieter. I don’t ever feel settled in LA. There’s always a bunch of Australians there and they’re always a good laugh but people come and go. It’s a transient city.

What was it like growing up in Kalamunda?
Very Australian. I grew up on 16 acres and we had horses and I was always covered in dirt and running around barefoot. If I ever have kids, that’s what I would want for them, that running around and being called in for dinner when the sun goes down.

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Appearances
27th Mar

Jessica attended the Orlebar Brown x Emilio Pucci Launch Party on March 25, 2015 in London.

Deadline Gallipoli television Videos
22nd Mar

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cut snake Movies Videos
03rd Mar

New production stills of Jessica as Paula in ‘Cut Snake’ have been added to the gallery. You can watch the trailer below!

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Film Productions > Cut Snake (2014) > Production Stills

television Underground
28th Feb

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – WGN America is going straight-to-series with Underground, tapping Christopher Meloni to star in the slave drama.

Additionally, Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge (Rectify) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, Dracula) will join the cast of the 10-episode drama. Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, Treme) will direct the first two episodes.

The L.A.-based cable network first announced it was developing Underground in August, when it went straight to series with Outsiders, its Appalachia-set 13-episode series.

From creator Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes), the Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios entry follows the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. Executive producers include Green, Pokaski, Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures.

Law & Order: SVU alum Meloni — who marks his return to drama following last season’s short-lived comedy Surviving Jack — will play August, a secretive mercenary who walks a tightrope between survival and morality. Meloni had been getting multiple pilot offers this season, for both drama and comedy.

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