If knock-backs don’t hurt, some­thing’s hurt’ wrong be­cause they do

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - WITH JES­SICA RAINE, WOLFHALL With Tif­fany Dunk

“I WAS turned down at drama school when I first au­di­tioned. But all I can say is that I just knew act­ing was all I wanted to do. There was no back-up plan. It was a cre­ative need I sup­pose.

I love the vari­a­tion that act­ing brings. I love get­ting un­der dif­fer­ent peo­ple’s skin, that’s what it’s all about.

This past year has been a great year be­cause I played three parts that were so dif­fer­ent (in For­ti­tude, Wolf Hall and up­com­ing BBC crime ca­per Part­ners In Crime). You just want to push your­self – how dif­fer­ent can I be in some­thing else? That’s the aim. That and to hope­fully do a good job!

I think the me­dia like to por­tray an ac­tor as the next big thing – that they burst out from nowhere. But that is so of­ten not true.

Years of work have gone into some­one ‘burst­ing on to the scene’. It’s un­healthy to think that’s the way that it is. You have to work re­ally hard and take the knock-backs and keep on go­ing. There are ex­cep­tions of course and I’m not tak­ing any­thing away from that. But I’m work­ing quite hard and it doesn’t get any eas­ier, re­ally – you just have to keep chip­ping away.

[Even now] it’s not like you get the job and it’s over. You’ve still got to do the job. But that’s the chal­lenge and the beauty of act­ing, I think.

I hon­estly don’t know how I’ve de­vel­oped a thick skin when it comes to get­ting knock-backs. I think you just have to take it one day at a time. You have to have this silly be­lief in your­self, and I have no idea where it comes from.

You have to sur­round your­self with good peo­ple who you trust. With good eggs. And you just have to keep go­ing for­ward.

There’s no magic for­mula. If knock­backs don’t hurt, some­thing’s wrong be­cause they do hurt. So you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth. Act­ing’s an odd pro­fes­sion, there’s no doubt about it.

When it comes to act­ing jobs, you never have any idea about what is go­ing to tap into a na­tion’s heart. Call the Mid­wife seemed to do that and I’m so proud of the show and the work that I did on it.

I loved work­ing with those girls. The cast were just ace, I re­ally liked them all and we still see each other so that soft­ens the blow (of leav­ing).

It can be hard leav­ing some­thing that you know to go into the un­known, but ul­ti­mately it felt like the right thing to do. My knees are def­i­nitely grate­ful for not be­ing down on them all the time help­ing women give birth!

I’ve been spoiled with the roles I’ve played so far. What’s my lucky se­cret? I don’t know. I just hope it keeps com­ing.” WOLF HALL SATUR­DAY, 8.30PM, BBC FIRST

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