VARIETY IN STARS
Aussie actress Miranda Tapsell is taking a positive stance in addressing the need for greater diversity in the TV and movie industry
Love Child star Miranda Tapsell says encouraging diversity in the Australian TV and movie industry will have a more positive effect than berating the same group of people for being so slow to act.
Tapsell is part of an ensemble, predominantly female cast, in the hit Nine Network drama Love Child, which returned on Monday.
The dual Logie winner says it’s been her biggest break, even bigger than appearing in acclaimed movie The
Sapphires, because it landed her in a major commercial prime-time production.
She says the industry in Australia is moving in the right direction, albeit slowly, but she hopes it moves at a faster rate in the future.
“To me, the only way to do it (talk about diversity) is in a positive manner,” Tapsell says.
“Negativity can often alienate people. I’m saying, the more encouraging I can be, the more I feel the strides forward are going to happen.
“It’s definitely going in the right direction but I don’t want us to rest on our laurels now and it can only strengthen from here.”
She is buoyed by the recognition, at least, of black actors on Broadway.
Three African-American actors took home major Tony awards for starring roles in Hamilton, which received a record 16 nominations.
“It really excites me what’s happening over in America at the moment. I’m seeing how people are loving everything – that is the No.1 show has an African-American leading the show.
“And you have African-American leads in How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal.” Tapsell warned fans of Love Child to keep their “tissues” close as it’s another highly emotionally charged new season.
Miranda Tapsell says Australia’s entertainment industry is moving in the right direction.