FURNESS BACK TO SHOW HUGH’S BOSS
THE fact that it’s still remarkable for a woman to get a big, meaty acting role shows there are still too few on offer, Deborra-Lee Furness believes.
Entertainment remains a fairly daunting landscape for women, particularly those of “a certain age”, the veteran performer says.
It’s the abundance of strong female characters in Nine’s new crime thriller Hyde & Seek that drew Furness back here from her second home in New York.
“Usually this genre is so dominated by men, but not this series,” Furness says.
“I love that there are strong, interesting and multidimensional women and the character I’m playing, Claudia, is just a babe. She’s sassy, interesting and smart.”
Claudia Rossini is the chief of security organisation ASIO and Furness admits she can see parts of herself in that determined personality.
“You could say I’m a little bossy at times,” she says. “We like to play to our strengths and I do like roles where the women are smart and in charge of their destiny. Claudia really believes in what she does. There are a lot of appealing characteristics that are fun to play with.”
It’s been “a while between drinks” when it comes to TV roles for Furness. One of her memorable small-screen roles was Correlli in 1995, where she met her husband, fellow actor Hugh Jackman.
The pair recently celebrated their 20-year wedding anniversary – a big milestone and one not often reached in Hollywood.
“Pick the right partner – that’s my advice,” she says.