Zoe Ter­akes

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IN her first pro­fes­sional act­ing role, Janet King debu­tante Zoe Ter­akes all but steals the show from her more acclaimed co-stars.

Her per­for­mance stunned the ABC drama’s lead Marta Dus­sel­dorp, while di­rec­tor Peter An­drikidis has de­clared her one of Aus­tralia’s hottest young tal­ents to watch.

When did the act­ing bug first bite you? Last year I played Blanche [from A Street­car Named De­sire] in a school drama pro­duc­tion, and I thought, ‘Oh, OK, this is cool.’ Then I de­cided to start classes, and that teacher got me to meet an agent and a week af­ter, I got an au­di­tion [for Janet King].

You au­di­tion, you get the job. What was that first day like? It was pretty sur­real be­cause it was all these peo­ple I looked up to for so long and seen ev­ery­where. It was daunt­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing at the start, and then I re­alised how lucky I was to be in that sit­u­a­tion, to be learn­ing on the job with the best peo­ple.”

What was the first scene you filmed? It was the first scene in the first episode, the as­sault scene … that was ev­ery­one’s first day on set. My first day on a set, full stop, so it was a pretty in­tense scene to film straight up. But ev­ery­one was so re­spect­ful and so care­ful and just made such an un­safe sit­u­a­tion feel so safe. Did Marta give you any ad­vice? Ev­ery sin­gle day. She’d say some­thing and I’d write it on my phone and then read them back to my­self each morn­ing. She’d say things like, ‘Never worry about what you look like, it’s al­ways about how you sound,’ or, ‘Once you’ve done it let it go,’ and, ‘If you trust your in­stincts, not much can go wrong.’ She is hon­estly magic, so sup­port­ive and so good to me. Next week, your char­ac­ter Pearl re­acts quite ex­plo­sively. How was that to film? I had to at­tack [an­other char­ac­ter] and Marta had to pull me off [them] and she just said this line, off script, ‘I need you to do this with me,’ and I don’t re­ally re­mem­ber what hap­pened, I just lost it bawl­ing, hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing … and the di­rec­tor said, ‘That’s it.’ We did it in one take … it was five min­utes of the whole shoot and the coolest mo­ment of

my whole life, re­ally.

Given the buzz around your de­but, has that brought added pres­sure? Be­cause I’m not trained and don’t un­der­stand the lingo of the in­dus­try, I just go and do my best and what comes of that, comes of that. I’m just go­ing to keep do­ing what I do and trust that.”

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“I re­alised how lucky I was to be in that sit­u­a­tion”

ZOE TER­AKES

Janet King. / DANIEL ASHER SMITH

Zoe Ter­akes makes her act­ing de­but in

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