Courts more attention.
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’.”