Courts more at­ten­tion.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS - NEW­TON’S LAW COLIN VICKERY

ALL care and no re­spon­si­bil­ity: that’s Clau­dia Kar­van’s motto when it comes to her new show New­ton’s Law.

Af­ter a pun­ish­ing year pro­duc­ing Nine’s Doc­tor

Doc­tor, Kar­van was happy to be a gun for hire for the new ABC le­gal drama.

“New­ton’s Law is my re­ward for pro­duc­ing

Doc­tor Doc­tor,” she laughs. “Now I can jump on my lilo with a mar­tini in my hand.”

Tak­ing the lead role in the lat­est pro­duc­tion by Deb Cox and Fiona Eag­ger – the dy­namic duo be­hind Miss Fisher’s Mur­der Mys­ter­ies – Kar­van jokes she is “rid­ing their coat-tails”. Not quite, but the role seems an eas­ier fit for the

Love My Way and Pu­berty Blues favourite. Kar­van stars as Josephine New­ton, a sub­ur­ban so­lic­i­tor who is lured back to the bar by Se­nior Coun­sel and old univer­sity mate Lewis Hughes SC (Toby Sch­mitz).

With its lighter tone, Kar­van en­joyed be­ing away from her pro­ducer pres­sures and angst-rid­den roles. “New­ton’s Law is es­capist and fun, and it is won­der­ful to see a woman who has au­thor­ity, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and is un­apolo­getic,” she says.

“It is a much sun­nier place to in­habit. Josephine’s op­ti­mistic, she’s not flawed or over­wrought and it is a plea­sure to play a role like that.”

Kar­van adds she would like to be more like her char­ac­ter. “She has a lot to of­fer women to­day,” Kar­van says. “There is an equi­lib­rium to her and re­silience about her that I think we all as­pire to.

“When I would go for self-pity or frus­tra­tion or play for drama in scenes the di­rec­tor, Jen­nifer Leacey, would push me com­pletely in the other di­rec­tion, say­ing, ‘No, this prob­lem isn’t ex­as­per­at­ing for Josephine, it is in­vig­o­rat­ing her’.”

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