Compelling mystery reborn
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.’’