Leeanna Walsman, 37, is a veteran of Aussie TV, film and theatre, yet she manages to keep a very low profile. That might be about to change as she takes a leading role as Anna in the ABC’s thrilling new drama Seven Types of Ambiguity.
I’m a ball of tension after watching this ... I love that each episode is told from a different perspective. It’s a style that kind of came from The Slap, but it’s really honest, isn’t it? It’s how we all walk around, not knowing what other people are thinking. My predominant episode is the last one, apparently it’s the most stressful out of all of them.
The initial scenario — a child going missing — is nightmare stuff. I don’t have children, but I can imagine in my heart that it would be the worst thing that would ever happen. With the love that I feel for my niece, and my family, the love that I see my friends feel for their children, I imagine that there wouldn’t be a greater loss. If that’s the case, then it’s about pain and fear. I hope I did a good job.
The cast is amazing, had you worked with any of them before? No. They’re all incredible, especially Hugo Weaving, Xavier Samuel, Susie Porter and Alex Dimitriades. There’s no weak link. Hopefully it’s not me, because it’s definitely none of them. Hugo Weaving, it’s hard not to fall in love with the man. Everything he emanates, everything you are attracted to on screen, whether it’s good or bad, is everything that you get from human to human. It’s not acting, he’s very, very lovely.
You manage to keep a low profile, is that a conscious decision? I just don’t think people are that interested. I don’t have any high-profile affairs or controversy. That’s nice, actually. I think my work is much more interesting. I’m quite a private person, I have a close-knit group of friends, and even though I love to go to events, maybe I don’t go to as many as I should, I don’t know.
Do you watch your own work? Oh for sure, and you’re incredibly judgmental of yourself. A lot of the time it’s not as you thought (it was) on the day. I’m always completely insecure about what I’ll be doing. It’s always hard. you’re incredibly judgmental of yourself. Recently I was with a friend who’s never seen me in anything, and I picked up a scene in Looking For Alibrandi (2000) that
I realised I hadn’t watched since it came out. I feel like I’m probably old enough now to differentiate between thinking I was a bad actor and realising my youth. I’m very keen to watch that actually.
WATCH SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY, ABC, THURSDAY, 8.30PM
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