COVER STORY 05 THE FUTURE IS FEMALE A ANNA PAQUIN S Binge begins streaming, their best titles to put on your ‘ watch’ list feature some of the most acclaimed female actors of our time – a femme de force: Flack THE world fi rst got to know the wonder of her acting talents when she was just 11, in Jane Campion’s (winning her the best supporting actor Oscar). But in her latest role, as a dysfunctional publicist with more issues than her celebrity clients, she steps up again in Paquin infl icts her character Robin’s pain on those closest to her, including her longsuffering boyfriend and opposite sister, who shares the burden of their mother’s suicide. ALLISON JANNEY BadEducation The Piano FOR those who watched her rule the world as White House press secretary per excellence CJ Cregg in Versatile: Rose Byrne has found success in both drama and comedy; above, with her actor husband Bobby Cannavale. Flack. The West Wing, or fi nd the dark humour as a recovering drug addict in you’ll know the extraordinary comic skills of this small- screen giant. In her latest role, starring opposite Hugh Jackman, as his co- conspirator in a school funds scam, she is mesmeric as a Long Island administrator living large on the spoils of their elaborate embezzlement. Her screen time with Jackman is a joy to watch. Mom, rebelling against them,” she says. Byrne is speaking from her home in New York. Married to Cannavale, 50, since 2012, they have their hands full at home in lockdown with their sons Rocco, 4, and Rafa, 2. She laughs: “There’s been a lot of and We’ve also been cooking a lot, and we’ve been doing some homeschooling. You go through stages of cabin fever, but we’re lucky to have a place that we can stay in. “Actually, the kids are incredibly distracting, which is brilliant because you have to focus on them. And yeah, there are challenges but then you read the news for five minutes and think, ‘I can’t believe what people are going through.’ I’m in touch with my friend, who’s a midwife, and she’s delivering babies for women who are now coming in with COVID. It’s just extraordinary. They’re risking their lives and being quite vulnerable. “Oh my goodness, some of the stories, it’s heartbreaking.” She pauses: “It makes you realise, ‘ I’ve really got nothing to complain about’.” MERYL STREEP BigLittleLies THE menancing presence of Meryl Streep in season two of this hypnotic crime drama lived up to every expectation of the Oscar winner, when she joined the ‘Monterey Five’ ensemble of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley. Her scenes with Kidman especially were a master class by these powerful actors in their prime. SARAH SNOOK Succession Sesame Bluey. Street HER beginnings on local ABC dramas and flagged this 32-year- old NIDA graduate as one to watch. Now seeing her stand astride the global TV stage, as the ambitious daughter of a media mogul in Sisters of War A Beautiful Lie, EDIE FALCO TheSopranos AS Carmela Soprano, the mob wife who held her own in a dangerous world, Edie Falco earned worldwide acclaim and awards in the iconic HBO drama series. Over six seasons and 86 episodes, she struggled with the moral frailty of her marriage, her Catholicism and guilt over the blood money used to fund her luxurious life. In her latest role, in she swaps sides – playing Abigail ‘ Tommy’ Thomson, the fi rst female police boss of the LAPD. Succession, has been an impressive realisation of that promise. Fans of this salacious study of power and its corrupting influence were expecting new episodes for season three to start fi lming last month, but the pandemic has put the production on hold. Tommy, MRS AMERICA 8.30PM, TUESDAY, FOX SHOWCASE AND STREAMING ON BINGE – Holly Byrnes 05 Sunday, May 24, 2020 V1 - MHSE01Z01TV PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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