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THE LOWDOWNUNDER – It’s the last day of shooting on Melbourne-based director Tony Ayres’ taut crime drama Cut Snake and there’s a crackle of electricity on set as the cast and crew of around 80 folks ready themselves to say goodbye.
It’s been a full-on six weeks of 12-hour shooting days, but Sullivan Stapleton, the upcoming star of 300: Rise of an Empire perhaps best known for his disturbing turn as the aggressive Craig Cody in David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, is in a playful mood as he sits in the passenger seat of a ‘70s car parked in front of a green screen in a South Melbourne studio.
A big guy rotates a strip light on a helicopter stand to recreate streetlights passing overhead, while another crewmember sprays the dashboard with some magic solution to dull the reflection.
As Ayres leans in to direct Stapleton and his co-stars Jessica De Gouw (These Final Hours, Arrow, Dracula) and Alex Russell (Carrie), Stapleton lunges in and chomps on his elbow, prompting uproarious laughter that breaks the spell of what has been a tense scene.Continue Reading
FEMALE FIRST – Jessica De Gouw has starred in the recent hit series Dracula in two separate parts, and we got the chance to chat to the rising star about her role on the show, chemistry with other cast members including Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and just what drew her to taking part in the series.
For those who haven’t yet seen Dracula, can you tell us a little bit about it and the characters you play?
Dracula is the re imagining of Bram Stoker’s classic tale by NBC and Carnival. Set in Victorian London, the series follows many of the original characters, but in this version we had ten hours of television to tell a much more detailed story, and to really explore the complex relationships, old and new.
I play Mina Murray, and Ilona, Dracula’s great love from centuries before, who we see in flashbacks.
What is it about the show that drew you to take part?
When I heard that Dracula was being made into a series by NBC and Carnival, I couldn’t resist. I knew they would do something interesting with it. A period drama with a supernatural twist, seemed like a whole lot of fun.
Did you feel pressure being part of something based on such an iconic story?
I never really felt the pressure of playing an pre-existing character, because I knew i would make it my own, and an audience would either like it or not. My job is to make a choice and commit to it, that’s all I can do.
I knew the show had to offer something different in order to find an audience, but I always knew it was in safe hands.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The Hollywood Reporter highlights four other notable season-two teases from Guggenheim and Kreisberg.
Birds of Prey arc will “get there”: The 17th episode, airing March 26, won’t be a direct adaptation of the Birds of Prey comics; instead, it’ll have an Arrow spin. “We gave ourselves room to grow and evolve,” Guggenheim said. “Birds of Prey is very much the same thing. You’re not going to end up with the Holy Trinity of Oracle, Black Canary and Huntress right out of the gate. We’ll get there.” When the Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) returns, “Helena is gone, all that’s left is the Huntress,” Kreisberg teased. “She’s become consumed by this vengeance for her father and when we see her she’s in a very haggard and worn-out state. It’s the big final confrontation between she and her father, and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) gets in the crossfire, and the Canary has to go into the rescue.”
DIY – Everyone’s favourite classic vampire Dracula has once again been given the remake treatment, this time under the gloriously suave and sinister hands of King Henry himself, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Featuring a number of recognisable faces such as Nonso Anozie from Game of Thrones, and Katie McGrath from Merlin, Dracula manages to bring exactly what you would hope for – part sexy, part scary, but always entertaining.
We had the chance to catch up with Dracula’s leading lady Jessica De Gouw and learn about her origins as an actress in Australia, the differences in now working in America, and just how exciting it is working with a talent like Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
After being so successful in the beginning of your career in Australia, what influenced the move to LA?
It seemed like the right decision for my career. Australia is a lot smaller than the US and UK industries, so I had to leave and create my own opportunities. It was more about being someone that people recognise and getting more work from there. In fact I’ve just wrapped a film in Melbourne with a director I’ve always wanted to work with, so it’s definitely working so far.
What was it like getting a role in a hit TV show almost immediately?
Well I did the traditional pilot season in the US which is pretty intense. You do a load of auditions and then maybe something will come from one of them. I then went home and did a film, then eventually did call backs and jetted off to Vancouver and got very very lucky. It’s not always that easy!
Were you a fan of comic books before getting your role in Arrow? Did u feel any pressure taking on The Huntress?
Oh well there’s obviously that awareness of comics and DC Comics but no, I had to do a lot of learning. The audition was actually a simple script for a role, and I had no idea of the importance of the character. They were quite secretive about it really, not giving it away. As soon as the part was mine, I got a package of DC comics and started learning quickly!
Jessica will come back on ‘Arrow’ as The Huntress in episode 17 “Birds of Prey” and here is what her co-star Stephen Amell has to say about it:
MTV – Episode 17, “Birds of Prey”
With Black Canary (Caity Lotz) still in the mix, episode 17 brings back Huntress (Jessica De Gouw), a character traditionally paired with Canary in the comics as the heroic team Birds of Prey.
Stephen Amell: “It’s awesome. It’s great to have Jessica De Gouw come back, she was great in her three episodes last season. There’s a romantic history there with Oliver so that’s always fun to play. But, I mean, The Huntress is a badass character. And Birds of Prey, the connotations there, and the connections to the comic book history… I would expect fireworks on this episode. I’m excited to start shooting. We start shooting next week.”