NEW STAR’S PLEASED TO BE LIKED BY CAST­MATES

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EMILY Bar­clay’s most re­cent co-stars – Hol­ly­wood su­per­hunk Michael Fass­ben­der and Aussie co­me­dian Josh Thomas – are poles apart.

She speaks highly of Fass­ben­der – “a lovely man” – her co-star in Aussie flick The Light Be­tween Oceans, which comes out next year. But she raves about Thomas and the gang on cult com­edy Please Like Me.

Thomas, the show’s star and creator, says Emily, who plays new char­ac­ter Ella, is “a dream, I think – she’s adorable”, but dobbed her in as be­ing an overzeal­ous fan.

“She was at lunch one day and – how em­bar­rass­ing is this? – she says to Tom (Ward), Caitlin (Stasey) and Keegan (Joyce) she re­ally wanted to get the role be­cause she watched the show and wanted to be in our friend­ship group,” Thomas says.

“C’mon, it’s a bit creepy. You could’ve kept that to your­self.”

Though slightly em­bar­rassed, Bar­clay con­firms the story.

“Oh God, yeah, it’s true. I re­ally did that,” she says. “They just re­mind me of my friends. I would watch the show and think, ‘I want to be part of that group of friends’.

“I feel like there’s noth­ing else like it on Aus­tralian TV. It’s funny and feels real. It’s smart. You want to be part of that world.”

Ella’s world isn’t far re­moved from her own – in years, at least. Bar­clay, 30, says she is win­ning roles closer to her ac­tual age, such as Sarah in the re­cent su­per­nat­u­ral drama Glitch.

“I’m no longer at the point where I can play a 19-year-old, and that feels good,” she says. “It’s good to be able to play char­ac­ters that re­flect where you’re at in your life.”

By Anna Brain

PLEASE LIKE ME THURS­DAY, 10.05PM, ABC

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