The Af­fair: Hard to re­sist

Time has failed to heal deep wounds and lovers must pay the price in the new sea­son of The Af­fair

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

JOSHUA Jack­son is hav­ing re­la­tion­ship trou­bles. The for­mer Daw­son’s Creek star’s char­ac­ter on The Af­fair, Cole Lock­hart, is try­ing to move on with his life af­ter for­mer wife Ali­son’s (Ruth Wil­son) af­fair with Noah Sol­loway (Do­minic West). The Af­fair is based on the no­tion that there is no set right or wrong when it comes to re­la­tion­ship breakups. The mak­ers of the pro­gram, along with the cast, pride them­selves on show­ing the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of Ali­son and Noah’s af­fair from mul­ti­ple view­points.

“We have this idea on the show that ev­ery­body is part an­gel and part devil – there is no (ab­so­lute) truth there,” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Sarah Treem says.

Last year’s sec­ond sea­son spent time dig­ging deeper into Cole’s world and Noah’s wife He­len (Maura Tier­ney). Cole was try­ing to move on with new wife Luisa (Catalina Sandino Moreno) but mem­o­ries of Ali­son cut deep.

“One of the joys of tele­vi­sion is that you never have to, or want to, fig­ure out the char­ac­ter com­pletely. It is go­ing to grow over time,” Jack­son says.

The third sea­son of The Af­fair jumps for­ward three years. Noah has done pri­son time af­ter his shock ad­mis­sion to killing Cole’s brother Scotty (Colin Don­nell). Ali­son has been rais­ing daugh­ter Joanie along­side Cole and Luisa.

“All these char­ac­ters are reel­ing from the con­se­quences of the huge trauma that they’ve put each other through,” Wil­son says.

Maura Tier­ney, Ruth Wil­son, Do­minic West and Joshua Jack­son

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