My tat­too ad­dic­tion

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 21 DECEMBER -

tat­toos aren’t just for show – meet ink fans who’ve used skin art as a way of mov­ing on from trau­matic times and ex­pe­ri­ences in their lives. what drew you to this pro­duc­tion? it’s mi­lady! she’s one of the great fe­male char­ac­ters. in the past, i’ve played nice girls, but now i wanted to play some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. hav­ing a character to re­ally get your teeth into like this is fun. this woman seems to leap from the page and bring a ter­rific en­ergy and grit to ev­ery scene. can you fill us in on her back­ground? mi­lady was born into poverty. at that time, if you didn’t have money as a woman, you were in trou­ble. you never had a chance of mar­ry­ing well – you were al­ways go­ing to be on the scrapheap. that har­dened her and gave her great sur­vival in­stinct from a very early age. she ac­quired a lot of skills after leav­ing her fam­ily aged 11 and hav­ing to fend for her­self. she con­stantly had to have her wits about her. in paris dur­ing the 1620s, it was very easy to get killed. somebody could sim­ply leap out of an al­ley­way and stab you. the stakes are high, so she can never let the ball drop. mi­lady’s a spy for the shady car­di­nal rich­lieu (peter ca­paldi). what’s it like work­ing with peter? he’s a joy. he’s at the very top of his game. hum­ble, gen­er­ous, play­ful and bright. he makes you feel at ease which pos­si­bly some ac­tors of his clout won’t do. and have you en­joyed wear­ing mi­lady’s sump­tu­ous cos­tumes? ab­so­lutely! i get the best cos­tumes ever. they in­form how you move and project your­self. some of her cos­tumes have the feel­ing of a suit of ar­mour, but she also has some that are in­cred­i­bly dar­ing and sex­ual. if you don’t get ex­cited wear­ing cos­tumes like th­ese, there’s some­thing wrong with you.

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