TRAIN­ING AT WORK IS SIM­PLY MUR­DER

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - HOLLY BYRNES NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Drama school can teach you many things, but the art of mur­der isn’t one of them ap­par­ently. Which makes on­the-job train­ing for How To Get Away With Mur­der ac­tor Jack Fala­hee a bonus.

Asked what he’s learned from the das­tardly plot of the Shonda Rimes pro­duc­tion and the 27-year-old, who plays le­gal in­tern Con­nor Walsh, jokes: “how to break up a body with a crow­bar.”

Co-star Matt McGorry, whose char­ac­ter Asher Mill­stone turned to the dark side last sea­son, says he’s picked up a greater un­der­stand­ing of the le­gal sys­tem both from this role and his stint as a corrections of­fi­cer in Or­ange Is The New Black.

Be­tween scenes, the co-stars and friends “bounce ideas off each other” – whether it’s watch­ing how the court scenes play out or swap­ping read­ing ma­te­rial each has been en­grossed in.

“The real education,” Fala­hee says, “has come just amongst our peers, while watch­ing (lead­ing lady) Vi­ola Davis act.”

A cam­paigner on is­sues in­clud­ing mass in­car­cer­a­tion and the war on drugs, McGorry, 29, has found his in­ter­ests out­side of this job un­con­sciously feed back into the show.

“I’ve felt very for­tu­nate to be us­ing my voice on so­cial me­dia, pri­mar­ily for the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment and gen­der equal­ity and, you know, things re­lated to that,” McGorry says.

“Read­ing The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexan­der, was just an in­cred­i­bly eye-open­ing and very fact-based ac­count of how the war on drugs has led to mass in­car­cer­a­tion and how it’s re­ally un­fairly and dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fected com­mu­ni­ties of colour.

“One of the won­der­ful things as an ac­tor is when you have so much...you get so many nice things, so many bless­ings and you have so much val­i­da­tion...I’ve re­alised at the end of it all, the thing that re­ally makes me very happy is to try and make a dif­fer­ence,” he says.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MUR­DER, 7FLIX, MON­DAY, 9.30PM

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