MI­RANDA SHOWS A DARK SIDE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Pia Mi­randa puts her love of swear­ing down to be­ing “half Ir­ish, half Si­cil­ian”.

Now, a new role as a whitecol­lar crim­i­nal play­ing tough on Went­worth has given her per­mis­sion to have a pot­ty­mouth. If fans of the Look­ing For Ali­brandi star aren’t at all com­fort­able with hear­ing such lan­guage from her, this week’s sea­son-three re­turn of the Fox­tel drama se­ries would have come as quite the shock.

In the first scene we meet Mi­randa’s char­ac­ter, Jodie Spi­teri, she’s on kitchen duty – flirt­ing with pri­son heavy, Franky Doyle, while pulling the in­nards from a tray of chick­ens.

Only, that’s not how Jodie de­scribed it, mak­ing a lewd ref­er­ence to a sex act we’ve seen play out be­fore from the frisky women of Cell Block H.

It was a naughty mo­ment Mi­randa rel­ished de­liv­er­ing on screen, af­ter pre­par­ing the scene for her au­di­tion. “I think that’s the line which got me the role ... ap­par­ently I nailed it.”

Mi­randa ad­mits she drove her mu­si­cian hus­band Luke Hani­gan a lit­tle crazy af­ter he agreed to run over the lines with her. “My poor hus­band, he was like ‘I can’t read any more of this ... how many times do you have to go over this?’ ‘’ she said. He bet­ter brace for the rest of the sea­son, which charts some “ful­lon places” for his wife.

The mother of two, Lily 5 and James, 2, said: “There’s so much drama in this show and they don’t tell you any­thing (ahead) ... so you’d get your scripts and it was like ‘oh my god, I’m do­ing what?’ ’’

For for­mer All Saints star, Libby Tan­ner, who joins the cast this year as psy­chol­o­gist Brid­get West­fall, there was also a de­light in go­ing be­hind bars.

“I re­mem­ber my mum say­ing ‘get away from that tele­vi­sion, you’re not al­lowed to watch Prisoner’. And then I found my­self on set laugh­ing, go­ing ‘well, what are you go­ing to do about it now, mum?’ ‘’

Pia Mi­randa plays Jodie Spi­teri.

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