Prison series unlocks global fame
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.’’
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT
Nicole da Silva as Frankie Doyle in