Tara to bid ta ta
A TWEET from Diablo Cody, creator of acclaimed Toni Collette drama United States
of Tara, said it all. ‘‘ Tara got canned, everyone. I feel sick, but proud. Each season got better,’’ Cody tweeted. ‘‘ I’m a little depressed.’’ Collette, renowned for her feature film credits, had initially been dismissive of the idea of a series role.
‘‘ I got a call from my agent saying, ‘ I know you don’t want to do TV, but this [ Tara] is a really exciting project’,’’ she says.
‘‘ I drove in and read it immediately in the car and knew I had to be part of it.’’
Collette, who played Tara Gregson, sufferer of dissociative identity disorder, signed a contract that could have kept her tied to the show for seven years. It was a leap of faith for an actor who had shied away from TV.
As acclaimed as the show has been, it has in recent times struggled for viewers in the US, prompting the Showtime network to announce it would not be ordering a fourth season.
Collette, a mother of two, won an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 2009 for her performance.
She also won an AFI international award the same year for the role.
‘‘ I just wanted to make it as truthful as possible,’’ she says of her aim with Tara.
‘‘ The tone of it drew me in . . . it goes so far beyond being a show about mental illness.
‘‘ I have heard that sufferers [ of dissociative identity disorder] and specialists alike have found the show to be extremely accurate.’’
Following Tara’s axing, Collette has re-teamed with Muriel’s Wedding director P. J. Hogan for Australian film Mental, about a hitchhiker named Shaz ( Collette) who transforms a family’s life when she becomes a nanny to five girls. United States of Tara, ABC1, Tuesdays, 9.30pm