Com­pelling mys­tery re­born

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television -

APART from play­ing an ex­pec­tant mum, there aren’t many roles avail­able to a preg­nant ac­tor.

So it was a nerve- rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Mireille Enos, al­ready ‘‘ with child’’, when she au­di­tioned for the lead role of Seat­tle de­tec­tive Sarah Lin­den in the US re­make of Dan­ish se­ries The Killing.

‘‘ The cast­ing di­rec­tor told ev­ery­one and to their amaz­ing credit they didn’t bat an eye­lid and said, ‘ Well if she’s the right girl then we’ll fig­ure it out’,’’ says Enos, best known in Aus­tralia for play­ing the Mar­quart twins in Big Love.

They ‘‘ fig­ured it out’’ by dis­guis­ing the on- duty de­tec­tive’s baby bump un­der­neath her char­ac­ter’s sig­na­ture large shape­less parkas and Enos shot the two- hour pi­lot episode while five months preg­nant.

‘‘ That’s the way Sarah Lin­den dresses any­way, but it was lucky for me be­cause it made it a lot eas­ier to hide the baby,’’ Enos says.

The pi­lot episode be­came the sec­ond­high­est rated pre­miere on US cable chan­nel AMC – the net­work be­hind the hugely pop­u­lar cult shows Mad Men and Break­ing Bad.

Each episode in the slow- burn se­ries cov­ers a day in the life of Lin­den and her er­ratic rookie part­ner Stephen Holder ( Joel Kin­na­man, pic­tured with Enos) as they try to find who mur­dered 17- year- old school­girl Rosie Larsen.

The Killing not only fol­lows a strong fe­male char­ac­ter but the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and the di­rec­tor of the pi­lot are women too.

‘‘ It’s amaz­ing to me how there are still so many more male di­rec­tors,’’ Enos says.

‘‘ I like men di­rec­tors, but it is a re­ally lovely ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on a show that had so many strong fe­male voices.’’

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