MIRANDA SHOWS A DARK SIDE
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.