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THE cham­pi­oning of women’s sex­u­al­ity in Net­flix series Tide­lands is lib­er­at­ing, says Madeleine Mad­den.

The ris­ing star, 21, plays a young rev­o­lu­tion­ary among the com­mu­nity of se­duc­tive half-hu­man, half-siren Tide­landers, led by Elsa Pataky’s char­ac­ter, in Aus­tralia’s first orig­i­nal Net­flix series. It was filmed across south­east Queens­land this year.

“It is def­i­nitely a very sexy show,” Mad­den said. “It’s very fe­male driven. It’s a ma­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety and that was quite lib­er­at­ing. If we had to do things a bit naked or an in­ti­mate scene it was good be­cause it was very much the women in con­trol and we had fe­male di­rec­tors, which re­ally changes the vibe on set.

“No one came away think­ing it was dis­taste­ful or vul­gar. It’s em­pow­er­ing and I think that’s why peo­ple will en­joy this show and why I think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate for what’s hap­pen­ing around the world at the mo­ment.

“And ev­ery­one wants to be a mer­maid.”

Mad­den and her co-stars will walk the red car­pet at the world pre­miere in Bris­bane to­mor­row. It is al­most a home­com­ing for Mad­den, who spent more than half the year in Queens­land, film­ing Tide­lands, fol­lowed by Amer­i­can block­buster Dora The Ex­plorer on the Gold Coast for the past four months.

She plans to split her time be­tween the US and Aus­tralia next year.

NEW WAVE: Madeleine Mad­den stars in new series Tide­lands. Pic­ture: Net­flix

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