Nooky night­mare

Play­ing Carla Cametti is great, but se­duc­ing Vince Colosimo on screen was ter­ri­fy­ing, writes Erin McWhirter

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AC­TOR Diana Glenn ad­mits she had night­mares be­fore she started film­ing new Aussie drama se­ries Carla Cametti PD.

The AFI Award-nom­i­nated ac­tor was sweat­ing about an in­ti­mate ‘‘make-out’’ se­quence with co-star Vince Colosimo.

She was ter­ri­fied of work­ing along­side the sea­soned ac­tor who re­cently starred in Un­der­belly.

‘‘I was scared to work with Vince be­cause . . . he just has this larg­erthan-life per­sona and is a bril­liant ac­tor,’’ Glenn says.

‘‘I have known his work a long time and nat­u­rally I was ter­ri­fied and had hor­ri­ble night­mares. We have a ‘make-out’ scene and I had this night­mare that the di­rec­tor was telling me to drive the scene and se­duce him (Colosimo). He (Colosimo) just looked like I had vi­o­lated him and at the end says, ‘That was hor­ri­ble’.

‘‘It was an aw­ful dream and I was freak­ing out about do­ing it the next day. But Vince is a gen­er­ous ac­tor and was very sup­port­ive.’’

Anx­i­ety aside, Glenn is an ac­com­plished ac­tor in her own right, with film and TV cred­its in­clud­ing sex worker Chloe in Sat­is­fac­tion, Jemima in The Se­cret Life Of Us and the fe­male lead in 2004 ro­man­tic film Oys­ter Farmer.

She spent 2½ years in Hol­ly­wood be­fore re­turn­ing here last year to work on Cametti as well as the sec­ond se­ries of Sat­is­fac­tion and Nine’s drama flop Canal Road.

Three se­ries at a time when most ac­tors are strug­gling is im­pres­sive. Glenn puts that suc­cess down to two tac­tics — she writes heart­felt let­ters to cast­ing direc­tors af­ter au­di­tion­ing for roles she des­per­ately wants, or ed­its her­self into a tape of an episode of a sought-af­ter pro­gram.

To work along­side the likes of Deborah Mail­man, Sa­muel John­son and Clau­dia Kar­van in The Se­cret Life Of Us, Glenn did the lat­ter.

‘‘I so des­per­ately wanted that part,’’ Glenn says. ‘‘So I cut my­self into an episode and sent it off. I’ve writ­ten a cou­ple of let­ters in my time, but I don’t do it of­ten.’’

The de­sire to play Carla Cametti brought out the pen.

‘‘When I got the call back and Nicole Da Silva had been cast as Lisa and Vince was there for an­other call-back I wanted it so badly,’’ Glenn says.

‘‘So I wrote to the pro­duc­ers and said, ‘I want you to make the best de­ci­sion you can be­cause it’s a bril­liant show, but please let it be me’. I have never read a role that I knew I was made to play. I know it’s not an in­tense role but be­cause it has that de­tec­tive qual­ity I just love that genre of film and writ­ing. I re­mem- ber an ex-boyfriend say­ing if he had to write a role for me it would be a de­tec­tive who is kind of help­less and sassy. Now I am play­ing her.’’

The new drama re­volves around Cametti as a street-smart de­tec­tive nav­i­gat­ing her way through per­sonal tur­moil and a fam­ily of gang­sters.

Her mum An­gela loves in­ter­fer­ing in her love life, her best friend Lisa (Da Silva) is be­ing un­faith­ful as she plans the wed­ding of the year, and her un­cle Tony has some dark se­crets start­ing to sur­face.

‘‘There is a sense of play­ful­ness in Carla and I don’t get to ex­press that in a lot of my work,’’ Glenn says. ‘‘A lot of the work I’ve done I tend to be psy­chotic or cry a lot, there’s al­ways lots of pain. It was nice to be a bit more play­ful and have a light­ness and sense of fun come through.’’

Af­ter a con­stant flow of work in Aus­tralia, Glenn says there’s noth­ing on the hori­zon and a move back to Los An­ge­les is on the cards.

‘‘Hav­ing lived in LA for 2½ years I am not fright­ened of it like I used to be,’’ she says.

Carla scheme:

(above) Diana Glenn as street-smart de­tec­tive Carla Cametti and (be­low) that

scene with Vince Colosimo.

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