Tara to bid ta ta

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television -

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

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