Out of character

Play­ing Daniel Holden in Rec­tify has led ac­tor Aden Young into dark places. He tells HOLLY BYRNES how he fi ghts back

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

ON THE page, be­ing bru­tally beaten into a coma didn’t sound en­tirely a bad thing to Rec­tify’s lead ac­tor Aden Young. Play­ing freed death row pris­oner Daniel Holden, who fi nds him­self once again fi ght­ing for his life in sea­son two of the ac­claimed US drama se­ries ( re­turn­ing to SBS), it’s en­tirely un­der­stand­able why Young at­tempts to make light of such a dark sto­ry­line.

“I read the first episode and thought, ‘ Oh great, I’ll just lie down and do some ( men­tal) work on what’s to come’.”

But as fans will dis­cover, in his tor­tured dream state, Holden fl ashes be­tween the hor­rors which plagued him in jail for the 19 years he spent inside, and a con­fused re­al­ity where he ap­pears to wan­der through a meadow with his ex­e­cuted cell­mate, Kerwin Whit­man ( played by Johnny Ray Gill). A walk in the park it wasn’t, Young says. “The day that se­quence we shot in the pecan grove was freez­ing. It was a nine- minute take and we did that, I don’t know, how many times.

“What’s amaz­ing about it is we didn’t die of hy­pother­mia. As soon as they would call ‘ cut’ we would start shak­ing un­con­trol­lably. It was a re­mark­able phys­i­cal eff ort to do it... there was noth­ing easy about it.”

The phys­i­cal and men­tal toll this sea­son took on the Cana­dian- born, Aus­tralian- raised ac­tor con­tin­ued long after the cam­eras stopped rolling, he says.

“It was a very tight sched­ule and we were all com­pletely ex­hausted when it was done. I went for a cast­ing the other day and just couldn’t be­lieve how bad I was. I felt like an ac­tor straight out of NIDA who’d never been in front of the cam­era be­fore … it was a funny, strange feel­ing.”

Speak­ing to his process, after im­mers­ing him­self in the “pur­ga­tory” Holden fi nds him­self in this sea­son – “strug­gling to fi nd a way back to liv­ing” – Young ad­mits to hav­ing trou­ble shak­ing off the character.

“I fi nd him lurk­ing around cor­ners ev­ery now and then. It’s hard be­cause we’re do­ing some post- pro­duc­tion work on the show and he needs to be there to re­mind me, with his dry wit, that things are pretty sad.

“He’s an in­ter­est­ing character and I think I’ve got a lit­tle bit of a han­dle on how to take him out to a park, quickly lock the door and drive away. You have to do that, oth­er­wise you’d go in­sane.”

In stark con­trast, Young found joy in his pri­vate life ear­lier this year - mar­ry­ing long­time part­ner, singer Loene Car­men near the show’s Ge­or­gia set.

“My girl and I al­ways wanted to be mar­ried and she loved the place that we were liv­ing in, Ze­bu­lon, and said, ‘ Let’s get mar­ried in Ze­bu­lon’. So we stum­bled down to the court­house, got our $ 56 cer­tifi cate and then thought, ‘ Well, let’s get the fam­ily over’ and all of sud­den we’re broke again,” he says.

“That se­cu­rity blan­ket ( of a steady TV in­come) is well and truly in debt again. Luck­ily there are other things on the cards and I’ll be able to do some pan­han­dling on the week­ends.”

He ex­plains the de­mands of the job meant “our hon­ey­moon lasted an af­ter­noon” be­fore he went back to the dark side of fi lm­ing.

“I worked un­til 2.30am, sat up and had last­minute ques­tions about the wed­ding un­til four, then went to bed, woke up, went out­side and put up some fairy lights and the guests started ar­riv­ing while I was in my py­ja­mas.

“I quickly threw on a suit and had a cou­ple of beers, then walked up the aisle and said, ‘ I do’.

“It was a beer for break­fast and just a won­der­ful day.”



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