CELEBRATED AUSTRALIAN ACTOR MARTA DUSSELDORP TREADS THE MARBLE FLOORS OF ANOTHER ERA
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´´I want them to see women on screen who are smart, flawed, outrageous and funny´´
After starring as Sarah Adams in the post-world War II drama A Place To Call Home for the past three years, Marta Dusseldorp is accustomed to stepping back in time. Today, she is lounging on a velvet bench in the lobby of Sydney’s Art Deco-styled Primus Hotel, built back in 1939.
Sitting in a corner booth, the actor is thoughtful as she talks about returning to the mid-20th century for the drama’s fourth season. “This [time it] feels more natural, somehow, like I’m a part of Sarah and she’s a part of me,” she says.
Dusseldorp speaks of feeling expectant about the new season, not least because her character gives birth. As a mum of two girls, the 43-year-old has channelled her own motherly instincts into her scenes: “[Sarah] will kill someone if she has to, and when she becomes a mum, watch out! When you’re protecting your child, it’s about attack.”
As well as protecting her daughters, Dusseldorp aims to inspire them. “I want them to see women on-screen who are smart, flawed, outrageous and funny,” she says. “We used to be victims – running away in our knickers while a man chases us with a shotgun. I’m sick of that image. Women are well-travelled, well-read and well-spoken… We have to represent that. It would be naive not to.”
True to her beliefs, she’s taken on another complex role as an actor who survived a sadistic crime in Benedict Andrews’ new play, Gloria. Following a six-year absence from theatre, Dusseldorp is aching for the adrenaline and fear of a live audience. “I could fail spectacularly,” she says with a laugh. “I’m looking forward to walking on hot coals again.” A Place To Call Home, 8.30pm, Sundays on Showcase from September 11.