Prison se­ries un­locks global fame

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AC­TRESS Ni­cole da Silva in­cludes a pro­viso with au­di­tion tapes that con­tain her Went­worth char­ac­ter Frankie Doyle – the tat­toos are fake.

Da Silva has to make it known the graphic ink work she dis­plays on the new se­ries Went­worth is fake, af­ter ap­ply­ing for a role in the US as a house­wife. The part never even­tu­ated but Da Silva says it made her think twice be­fore in­clud­ing the role as top dog Doyle on her show reel.

‘‘I sent a tape to my US agent and re­alised I was head to toe in tatts,’’ Da Silva says.

‘‘The role was a house­wife and I emailed through straight away that the tatts can be re­moved.’’

Da Silva ad­mits she did have a teenage urge to get art­work en­graved on her skin but cred­its her mother for talk­ing her out of it. The thought of get­ting tat­toos was shelved when Da Silva de­cided to be an ac­tress.

‘‘When I was 16 I wanted a tat­too and my mother said, ‘when you’re 18 you can do any­thing you want’,’’ the 31-year-old ac­tress says.

‘‘A tat­too seemed like a good idea then but when I re­alised I wanted to pur­sue act­ing se­ri­ously, it just didn’t make sense to do that.’’

Be­ing cast as Frankie Doyle has thrown down some


Went­worth: Wed­nes­days, 8.30pm, Soho chal­lenges and also opened some doors for Da Silva. Doyle is a com­plex char­ac­ter, with an emo­tion­ally frag­ile layer hid­den be­neath a tough ex­te­rior – the most ag­gres­sive role Da Silva has played.

‘‘It’s the hard­est char­ac­ter I’ve ever played,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s about bring­ing hu­man­ity to that amount of ag­gres­sion, and be­ing able to bal­ance the dark­ness and hard­ness with vul­ner­a­bil­ity and the light­ness.’’

Went­worth is a ‘‘reimag­in­ing’’ of the 1980s hit Pris­oner, which reached in­ter­na­tional suc­cess in the US, UK and New Zealand. The new se­ries has al­ready been picked up in New Zealand and Chan­nel 5 in the UK while do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary num­bers for Fox­tel on its SoHo chan­nel.

Da Silva says it never oc­curred to her the se­ries could have global ap­peal but con­cedes that if it takes off in­ter­na­tion­ally, so could her ca­reer.

‘‘It hadn’t oc­curred to me at that stage (get­ting the role) there was go­ing to be any in­ter­na­tional buzz about it.

‘‘I’m try­ing to climb the lad­der over here (Hol­ly­wood) and I’m lucky to have Went­worth ac­tive at the mo­ment.’’


Ni­cole da Silva as Frankie Doyle in

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