Marais changes to Car­lotta role

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AC­TRESS Jessica Marais will play Aus­tralian drag queen Car­lotta in the tele­movie based on the life of the Les Girls per­former. The for­mer Packed to the Rafters star joins a tal­ented group of ac­tors and per­form­ers cast that in­cludes Alex Dim­i­tri­ades, Caro­line O’Con­nor and Paul Cap­sis in the ABC1 pro­duc­tion. ABC TV head of fic­tion Ca­role Sk­lan says they’re thrilled Marais will play ‘‘the re­mark­able Car­lotta’’. Con­sid­ered a trans­gen­der pi­o­neer in Aus­tralia, Car­lotta has acted as a story con­sul­tant for the pro­ject and is de­lighted and flat­tered this story is be­ing brought to the screen. ‘‘My main mo­ti­va­tion is to show any­one who may be strug­gling with their gen­der, or strug­gling to gain ac­cep­tance from their fam­ily and so­ci­ety at large – that you can do it. Stand tall, know who you are and be proud of your­self, as ac­cep­tance comes from within,’’ Car­lotta says. Car­lotta tells the story of ‘‘con­fused teenager named Richard, his flight into the he­do­nis­tic Kings Cross of the 1960s and ’70s and his trans­for­ma­tion into Carol’’, the the state­ment says. It has been de­scribed as a univer­sal story about iden­tity, fam­ily, tol­er­ance and ac­cep­tance. Car­lotta goes into pro­duc­tion on May 6.

Car­lotta: Com­ing in 2014, ABC1.

Jessica Marais and Car­lotta

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