Zawe Ash­ton

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Best known for her role as Vod in Fresh Meat, Zawe is now im­press­ing us as teacher Claire in BBC1’S Wan­der­lust. Here she tells us more, and why star­ring along­side Hol­ly­wood ac­tress Toni Col­lette has been so spe­cial…

What at­tracted you to the role of Claire In Wan­der­lust?

I was at­tracted ini­tially be­cause of Nick Payne. He’s a bril­liant writer and has been a friend for years. We were in the same Royal Court Young Writ­ers’ Group when we were in our very early 20s and I’ve been a fan since then! I knew his style and tone would be per­fect for the sub­ject mat­ter.

Were you ex­cited about the other ac­tors in the drama?

When I heard Toni Col­lette was play­ing the main char­ac­ter, Joy, I was even more keen to be a part of it! I was in­ter­ested in play­ing some­one who was at­tempt­ing to chal­lenge so­cial norms. Young women are still pres­sured by so­ci­ety into such ar­chaic roles when it comes to re­la­tion­ships, sex, mar­riage and moth­er­hood. I wanted to play some­one who wasn’t drawn to that, but still didn’t have all the an­swers her­self. So what was it like work­ing with Toni Col­lette? Toni’s a won­der­ful ac­tress and very rare tal­ent, be­cause ev­ery role she takes on is al­ways sur­pris­ing and dif­fer­ent. She’s one of the most ver­sa­tile ac­tresses in Hol­ly­wood. She’s a pow­er­house who is a to­tal team player and very much into fe­male em­pow­er­ment on a cel­lu­lar level when it comes to how she in­ter­prets the scenes and the script. I think Joy is go­ing to be a real in­spi­ra­tion to lots of women.

What scenes did you en­joy?

The group scenes were re­ally fun to play. When the lights are fi­nally switched on and each char­ac­ter can see the en­tire sit­u­a­tion for what it is – no more de­nial! Nick writes that awk­ward­ness de­li­ciously well.

Are you ex­cited to see the re­ac­tion to Wan­der­lust?

I don’t tend to go into any job think­ing about the au­di­ence re­ac­tion. I do my job as best I can and then sort of run away! I do al­ways try to do work that I’m go­ing to be in­ter­ested in talk­ing about.

Wan­der­lust con­tin­ues on Tues­day, BBC1, 9pm With co-star Steven Mack­in­tosh

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