Red Widow the per­fect match for Traval as he courts the US

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AUS­TRALIAN Wil Traval says a role in the US sus­pense drama Red Widow has done won­ders for his ca­reer in Hol­ly­wood. Traval (pic­tured) plays the seedy drug run­ner Irwin Petrov in the Chan­nel 7 se­ries that also stars fel­low Aussie ac­tor Radha Mitchell. Mitchell plays the lead char­ac­ter, Marta Wal­raven, a stay-at-home mum, who is caught up in a drug-run­ning scheme op­er­ated by her hus­band, which hap­pens to also in­volve or­gan­ised crime and Rus­sian gang­sters. Traval was hooked on the se­ries the mo­ment he read the script, he says, and will for­ever be grate­ful at be­ing cast as Petrov. ‘‘One of the big hur­dles you need to get over as an Aussie ac­tor in the US, is get­ting work on their soil, as they like to see you in an Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion,’’ Traval says. ‘‘Once you get a job here it cer­tainly changes peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of you and it ( Red Widow) has done won­ders for me here. It was def­i­nitely my big­gest and ex­cit­ing break in Hol­ly­wood.’’ Red Widow was one of three shows Traval was called back to au­di­tion for dur­ing the 2012 pilot sea­son. He also tested for Chicago Fire but was pipped for the lead role by fel­low Aussie Jesse Spencer. De­spite los­ing out to Spencer, Traval says be­ing cast on Red Widow was a bless­ing. ‘‘When I got this job, I thought this is fan­tas­tic be­cause this was the script I pre­ferred of the three. The char­ac­ter was com­pli­cated and morally grey and all those sorts of things, and it was the type of char­ac­ter I wanted to play.’’

Red Widow: Mon­days, 9pm, Seven, Prime7.

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