TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
DAWSON’S Creek and Fringe star Joshua Jackson knows he’s not alone when he admits “it’s been my experience of being a man, that I quite often do not understand the women in my life”.
So when the script for US drama The Affair arrived in front of him, aware of his failings, Jackson sought the advice of his partner of eight years, Diane Kruger ( The Bridge).
The drama quite literally portrays men’s and women’s very different perspectives, telling each episode twice from its lead characters’ points of view. It follows frustrated novelist Noah (Dominic West), who puts his marriage at risk by having an affair with waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson) while holidaying in a seaside town.
Alison’s own marriage to the emotionally unavailable Cole (Jackson) is being crushed by her grief at the death of their child.
Having just finished a five-year run on Fringe, the last thing Jackson wanted to do was jump straight back into work.
“I was like, ‘You have to read this … I don’t trust myself because I’m so uninterested in going back to work right now, but I think this is really, really good’,” he says.
“And she (Kruger) read it and she’s like, ‘Yeah, you’d be a fool not to want to do this. This is a great show’.”
The critics agree, with The Affair picking up gongs for best TV drama and best actress at the Golden Globes.
But the rationale for those competing perspectives remains up for debate – are they just different recollections of the same events, or are the characters deliberately spinning different stories to the detective investigating a murder in the seaside town?
Jackson cautions viewers not to get too caught up in the murder investigation, which he says is not “really central to the DNA of the show”.
“I think the whodunit is an interesting framing device to give us opportunities to show our characters and how they react.”
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