The whole truth: An­gela Grif­fin talks about her role in the new se­ries of Or­di­nary Lies.

An­gela Grif­fin has come a long way since her role as hair­dresser Fiona Mid­dle­ton on Coro­na­tion Street. She is now one of the lead char­ac­ters in the sec­ond se­ries of Or­di­nary Lies, which has a new set­ting and cast from the first sea­son. James Ramp­ton re­por

The TV Guide - - CONTENTS -

Ac­tress An­gela Grif­fin has strong views about so­cial me­dia and the grow­ing selfie cul­ture.

As canny as they come, Grif­fin is well aware of the dan­gers of liv­ing your life through so­cial me­dia.

Grif­fin be­lieves that so­cial me­dia has fu­elled an un­healthy de­sire to ap­pear per­fect to oth­ers.

“I think it ab­so­lutely has,” Grif­fin states. “It’s all about ‘selfie’ or ‘no make-up selfie’ or ‘fil­ter selfie’, so I think it def­i­nitely has. It’s where ev­ery­one tries to make it look like they’re per­fect.”

This selfie sub­ject is one of the ma­jor themes in the sec­ond se­ries of the Bri­tish drama Or­di­nary Lies.

Grif­fin stars along­side Matt Di An­gelo (Hus­tle), Con O’Neill (Happy Val­ley), Kim­ber­ley Nixon (Cran­ford), Joel Fry (Game Of Thrones) and Griff Rhys Jones (Not The Nine O’Clock News), in the drama’s sec­ond sea­son.

The first run of Danny Brock­le­hurst’s show was set in a car show­room. This se­ries has an en­tirely new set­ting and cast. It is lo­cated in the call cen­tre and ware­house of a sports sales com­pany in Wales.

In each episode, the life of one of the main char­ac­ters threat­ens to un­ravel as the se­crets and lies they have been hid­ing are ex­posed. Grif­fin, who has starred in

Coro­na­tion Street (as hair­dresser Fiona Mid­dle­ton), Holby City, Cut­ting It, Waterloo Road, Mount Pleas­ant, Brief En­coun­ters and Lewis, plays the com­pany’s

dis­ci­plinar­ian and ap­par­ently flaw­less gen­eral man­ager Jenna.

Fe­ro­ciously or­gan­ised and al­ways im­pec­ca­bly dressed, Jenna ap­pears to glide ef­fort­lessly through life. This in­spires great ad­mi­ra­tion in her PA, Holly (Nixon), who be­lieves that ev­ery­one else is lead­ing a far more thrilling life than she is.

But Holly does not re­alise that trou­bling se­crets are bub­bling just be­low the sur­face of Jenna’s im­mac­u­late fa­cade.

Grif­fin, 41, who has also hosted her own chat show, An­gela And

Friends on Bri­tish TV, ob­serves that how she is re­garded is vi­tal to Jenna.

“What other peo­ple think of her is very im­por­tant to Jenna,” says Grif­fin. “Our lives fea­ture so much through so­cial me­dia at the mo­ment, with Instagram and Facebook. There doesn’t seem to be as much face-to-face con­ver­sa­tion ...

“Ev­ery­one is al­ways at work, check­ing so­cial me­dia. It’s easy to con­trol what other peo­ple see. But un­der­neath, it’s never what it seems.

“I think that tech­nol­ogy and so­cial me­dia play a big part in this se­ries. You see peo­ple ‘stalk­ing’ each other on so­cial me­dia sites and what is put on so­cial me­dia is key to other peo­ple’s per­cep­tions.”

Jenna works hard to project a fault­less im­age on so­cial me­dia.

Grif­fin muses that, “Jenna is a metic­u­lous, per­fect hu­man be­ing – or so she would have the world be­lieve. She comes across as very well ed­u­cated, well dressed, is a strong woman, has a per­fect life, a per­fect hus­band, a per­fect car and a per­fect apart­ment.

“She’s worked in­cred­i­bly hard to get to where she is in life, run­ning the com­pany. She en­joys her life – or so the world thinks. “But un­der­neath, she has a lot of tur­moil go­ing on. Her life isn’t as per­fect as she’d have ev­ery­one be­lieve, and that comes out.”

Grif­fin says she is not at all sim­i­lar to the se­cre­tive Jenna. “She is prob­a­bly some­one who is far away from me in terms of hid­ing where she’s come from. I can shout about where I’m from all day long. I’m re­ally proud of my back­ground.

“If any­thing, I prob­a­bly put out the op­po­site im­age to Jenna, where my life isn’t as per­fect as Jenna tries to make hers out to be. I try to play every­thing down, rather than up.”

Hav­ing said that, Jenna was a re­ally fun char­ac­ter to por­tray.

“Oh my good­ness, yes,” says Grif­fin. “I loved her wardrobe. I’ve never had a job with such beau­ti­ful clothes, so that was re­ally nice. The makeup was amaz­ing too.

“I’m al­ways play­ing quite down-to-earth ‘mum’ char­ac­ters. So to play some­one who takes a lot of time get­ting ready was a nice change. I re­ally en­joyed that.”

The ac­tress also rel­ished light­ing the emo­tional fire­works.

“Episode six, Jenna’s episode, is the most chal­leng­ing role I’ve ever had in terms of what I had to do. Her life be­comes a com­plete mess ...

“So in a strange way, I ab­so­lutely loved play­ing Jenna.”

“Ev­ery­one is al­ways at work, check­ing so­cial me­dia. It’s easy to con­trol what other peo­ple see. But un­der­neath, it’s never what it seems.” – An­gela Grif­fin

Kim­ber­ley Nixon and An­gela Grif­fin

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.