Lowe’s newhigh

The Beau­ti­ful Lie’s So­phie Lowe’s ca­reer takes flight

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - By ANNA BRAIN

ONE ca­reer is full-time, the other hap­pens when she has a few days to spare. For­tu­nately for dou­ble-threat So­phie Lowe, both are tak­ing off si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

The ac­tor-singer is hit­ting stages and screens this month, as live gigs co­in­cide with the re­lease of an­tic­i­pated ABC drama

The Beau­ti­ful Lie.

The 25-year-old, who is best known for roles in The Slap and Beau­ti­ful Kate, per­forms un­der the name SOLO, and has been sup­port­ing Meg Mac at gigs around the coun­try.

Her pop­u­lar sin­gle Un­der­stand has been on high ro­ta­tion on Triple J, and was of­fi­cially re­leased last month.

“When­ever I have free time I go into the stu­dio and write songs, and I’ve fin­ished my sec­ond EP,” she says.

“I don’t have a man­ager or any­thing, I don’t have any­one help­ing me, so it’s kind of just me fig­ur­ing out the best ap­proach, mak­ing it re­ally cre­ative and fun.”

Fund­ing her own mu­si­cal am­bi­tions is pay­ing off, and she re­cruits friends wher­ever pos­si­ble to help make mu­sic videos. “I’m re­ally lucky I’ve got some great film­mak­ers around me,” she says.

“It’s just such fun, I can’t be­lieve when my song is on Triple J. I’m just tak­ing my time with it, re­ally.”

In The Slap, she played a 16-year-old hav­ing an af­fair with a man twice her age. But in The Beau­ti­ful Lie, which also stars Sarah Snook and Rodger Corser, Lowe fi­nally gets to play her own age.

A mod­ern retelling of Tol­stoy’s clas­sic love story, Anna Karen­ina, she is Kitty, a nar­cis­sis­tic 20-some­thing, en­gaged to charm­ing-but-flighty muso Skeet (Bene­dict Sa­muel).

He falls for Anna (Snook) af­ter they share an in­tense en­counter, at which point Kitty’s life takes a dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent turn.

“I usu­ally play younger, but I have a lot in com­mon with Kitty,” Lowe says.

“She’s 26, but she’s def­i­nitely emo­tion­ally im­ma­ture at the start. She lets her emo­tions rule. I mean, she’s a lot more height­ened than me. But I feel I can re­late be­cause I know what it feels like to not know your place, or who you are yet, or what kind of per­son you want to be. How to con­trol your heart from your brain … it’s some­thing you learn through­out your 20s, I think.”

Lowe sounds con­sid­er­ably more ma­ture than Kitty, who laments of her love life: “I’ve worked out that all the guys I’ve ever been at­tracted to wear skinny jeans. That’s stupid, right? Skinny jeans isn’t even a per­son­al­ity trait.”

The se­ries’ heavy themes are tem­pered by lighter mo­ments, some of which come from Lowe’s on-screen mother Gina Ri­ley.

“She nailed it,” Lowe says. “She’s hi­lar­i­ous in this role even though there are se­ri­ous sides to it. She re­ally con­nects to the se­ri­ous side. But of course she’s got that per­fect com­edy tim­ing.”

Lowe ap­peared in US supernatural drama The

Re­turned. “I’m lov­ing work­ing in Aus­tralia again,” she says. “Wher­ever the good roles are, I’ll be there.”

THE BEAU­TI­FUL LIE

SUN­DAY, 8.30PM, ABC

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