Small-screen sweet­heart

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I feel com­plete trust and con­fi­dence in their vi­sion, and want to par­tic­i­pate fully in that ex­pe­ri­ence.”

That di­rec­tor is Es­mail, the cre­ator of the con­spir­acy TV drama Mr. Robot, which con­cludes with its fourth sea­son next year.

Roberts’s agent sent her a link to the Home­com­ing pod­cast be­fore it was re­leased. She was de­lighted by its feel­ing of an “old­fash­ioned ra­dio play”. Then Es­mail called the 51-year-old Os­car win­ner. “The story was so great and meet­ing Sam, he felt the same way I did about the piece,” she says.

Es­mail di­rected all 10 episodes of the first series, a rare thing in tele­vi­sion. That was Roberts’s “big ask”, to en­sure con­sis­tency and fa­mil­iar­ity. “Be­cause that’s what I know, that’s what I’ve based a 30-year ca­reer on and it was re­ally im­por­tant to me,” she says. Con­se­quently, the series be­came a TV pro­duc­tion made like a film, as Es­mail prefers too. “To me, it felt like a fea­ture film pro­duc­tion and that’s how my brain works,” he says.

And TV might be­come more fa­mil­iar if au­di­ences em­brace the small-screen ver­sion of Roberts. Cer­tainly, she feels she’s grown out of ro­man­tic come­dies, de­spite her love of the genre. “Some­times they don’t work for you at a cer­tain point of life ex­pe­ri­ence,” says the mother of three, who has been mar­ried to hus­band Daniel Moder for 16 years.

Right now, life is big­ger than a Hol­ly­wood back­lot – and even Aus­tralia could be get­ting a look in. “My youngest son’s best pal has moved to Aus­tralia, so I think there’s a trip in the mak­ing,” she says. “I’ll keep you posted.”

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