ON SONG

JESS MAUBOY KEEPS THE HITS COM­ING IN SEA­SON TWO OF THE SE­CRET DAUGH­TER

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

Aus­tralia fell in love with Jess Mauboy when she was just 16. Ris­ing to fame on Aus­tralian Idol, after her tal­ents were ini­tially recog­nised through the Tel­stra Road to Tam­worth com­pe­ti­tion, Mauboy has gone from strength to strength.

She counts her­self lucky to have never been pres­sured into con­form­ing to the pop mould, or chang­ing her look to sell more records. It’s a dilemma that her char­ac­ter Bil­lie Carter will face in sea­son two of The Se­cret Daugh­ter.

Fi­nally land­ing a meet­ing at a record com­pany, Bil­lie’s “au­di­tion” is a whirl­wind of singing, video tests and a photo shoot.

“Play­ing that mo­ment and see­ing her stretched and de­formed in this plas­tic photo, it was crazy. I couldn’t imag­ine me ex­pe­ri­enc­ing that,” Mauboy says.

“I was very, very lucky that I knew ex­actly what di­rec­tion I wanted from the be­gin­ning. Com­ing off the show ( Idol), I was able to write my first record and it sounded the way I wanted it to sound. I was never forced at any point to do what I didn’t want to do.

“Leav­ing home is prob­a­bly the clos­est thing I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced to that, de­part­ing my fam­ily and leav­ing a bit of cul­ture. In my heart I had those things and that took me a long way.”

Mauboy’s TV act­ing de­but in The Se­cret Daugh­ter was a smash hit for Seven last year.

The drama’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing sound­track went plat­inum and re­cently earned Mauboy four ARIA Awards nom­i­na­tions.

Sea­son two fea­tures a new batch of cov­ers and orig­i­nal songs, from the al­ready re­leased Fallin’ to Paul Kelly’s Dumb Things.

“The im­pact of last year’s sea­son and the record re­ally shocked me,” Mauboy says.

“I’m proud since I put a lot of time and ef­fort into not only cre­at­ing the story but spend­ing time and cre­at­ing the whole record around this show.

“Con­sid­er­ing we’re telling an Aus­tralian story, I re­ally wanted to cap­ture that in the song choices.

“From Paul Kelly to Neil Finn, Crowded House and Thirsty Merc, these are songs that have made a dent in this coun­try. It’s nice to vo­calise them and cap­ture a fe­male point of view and give that to the char­ac­ter.”

In sea­son two, Bil­lie meets her mother’s sis­ter – only to have it con­firmed she is Jack Nor­ton’s daugh­ter, launch­ing her back into the cen­tre of the fam­ily she just fled.

Bil­lie re­turns to Syd­ney, with Gus in tow, de­ter­mined to start over with the Nor­tons.

“The suc­cess of sea­son one def­i­nitely made it a lot eas­ier and clearer on the di­rec­tion of where we needed to go (in sea­son two),” Mauboy says.

“There’s a sense of Bil­lie know­ing her­self in this sea­son, and walk­ing with her head up high a lot more. She’s bring­ing these dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and val­ues to­gether, and writ­ing that into the script meant a lot to me. I needed these char­ac­ters to be as real as pos­si­ble and re­ally come to­gether at the end.”

The Se­cret Daugh­ter, Tues­day at 8.35pm on Chan­nel Seven

I WAS ABLE TO WRITE MY FIRST RECORD AND IT SOUNDED THE WAY I WANTED IT TO SOUND

Jes­sica Mauboy as Bil­lie Carter and David Field as Gus Carter in a scene from sea­son two of The Se­cret Daugh­ter.

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