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