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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - Love Child, Mon­day, 8.30pm, Chan­nel Nine DARREN CARTWRIGHT

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.

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