Talented Lowe hits high note
Sophie Lowe makes sweet music in The Beautiful Lie. By ANNA BRAIN
ONE career is full-time, the other happens when she has a few days to spare. Fortunately for double-threat Sophie Lowe, both are taking off simultaneously.
The actor-singer is hitting stages and screens this month, as live gigs coincide with the release of anticipated ABC drama The Beautiful Lie.
The 25-year-old, who is best known for roles in The Slap and Beautiful Kate, performs under the name SOLO, and has been supporting Meg Mac at gigs around the country. Her popular single
Understand has been on high rotation on Triple J, and was officially released last month.
“Whenever I have free time I go into the studio and write songs, and I’ve finished my second EP,” she says.
“I don’t have a manager or anything, I don’t have anyone helping me, so it’s kind of just me figuring out the best approach, making it really creative and fun.”
Funding her own musical ambitions is paying off, and she recruits friends wherever possible to help make music videos. “I’m really lucky I’ve got some great filmmakers around me,” she says.
“It’s just such fun, I can’t believe when my song is on Triple J. I’m just taking my time with it, really.”
In The Slap, she played a 16-year-old having an affair with a man twice her age. But in The Beautiful Lie, which also stars Sarah Snook and Rodger Corser, Lowe finally gets to play her own age.
A modern retelling of Tolstoy’s classic love story, Anna Karenina, she is Kitty, a narcissistic 20-something, engaged to charming-but-flighty muso Skeet (Benedict Samuel).
He falls for Anna (Snook) after they share an intense encounter, at which point Kitty’s life takes a dramatically different turn.
“I usually play younger, but I have a lot in common with Kitty,” Lowe says.
“She’s 26, but she’s definitely emotionally immature at the start. She lets her emotions rule. I mean, she’s a lot more heightened than me. But I feel I can relate because I know what it feels like to not know your place, or who you are yet, or what kind of person you want to be. How to control your heart from your brain … it’s something you learn throughout your 20s, I think.”
Lowe sounds considerably more mature than Kitty, who laments of her love life: “I’ve worked out that all the guys I’ve ever been attracted to wear skinny jeans. That’s stupid, right? Skinny jeans isn’t even a personality trait.”
The series’ heavy themes are tempered by lighter moments, some of which come from Lowe’s on-screen mother Gina Riley.
“She nailed it,” Lowe says. “She’s hilarious in this role even though there are serious sides to it. She really connects to the serious side. But of course she’s got that perfect comedy timing.”
Lowe appeared in US supernatural drama The Returned. “I’m loving working in Australia again,” she says. “Wherever the good roles are, I’ll be there.”
THE BEAUTIFUL LIE
SUNDAY, 8.30PM, ABC