DOUBLE TAKE ON THE AFFAIR
From the title, you may think you have The Affair figured out. And yes, the plot is hardly unconventional: small town waitress Alison, still grieving over the death of her child, has an affair with married writer Noah (Dominic West).
The twist is that each episode is told twice, once from her perspective and once from his — and they don’t see the world in the same way.
Ruth Wilson, who won a Golden Globe for the role, says she had to play two “Alisons”.
“It was quite a hard task but it’s what excited me about the project in the first place — that I got to play two different versions of my character,” Wilson says from New York where she’s appearing in Constellations on Broadway with Jake Gyllenhaal (the pair are rumoured to be an item).
“She sees everything in her version through the prism of her grief,” she explains. “(Noah) doesn’t seem to see any grief with her. He sees a free spirit.
“So I almost try to play his version without grief, and my version with.”
The Affair has been her US breakthrough but she’s familiar to UK audiences thanks to Jane Eyre and Luther. She hasn’t yet been confirmed for the two new Luther telemovies – “hopefully I will be in it” she says – but she will definitely be back for season two of The Affair.
THE AFFAIR, SOHO, TUES, 7.30PM