Ac­tress Emily Ta­heny could eas­ily re­late to her char­ac­ter won­der­ing what might have been in a new Aussie com­edy fea­tur­ing Ed­die Iz­zard

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHERSON

Have you ever won­dered what could have been with the one that got away? It’s a sto­ry­line no doubt ex­plored in films be­fore, but with a cast in­clud­ing Ed­die Iz­zard and a back­drop of South Aus­tralia, this is not your text­book Hol­ly­wood rom com. Re­leased in cin­e­mas to­day, The Flip Side is an Aus­tralian “dram­edy” pro­duced in con­junc­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox and Screen Aus­tralia.

It fol­lows pro­tag­o­nist Ron­nie, played by Emily Ta­heny, five years af­ter hav­ing her heart bro­ken by a Bri­tish actor with whom she had an in­tense love af­fair on the set of a film.

When the Bri­tish actor Henry, played by Ed­die Iz­zard, re­turns to her home town, she is forced to con­front the pain­ful mem­o­ries of being left be­hind, while con­tem­plat­ing the life she could have had as the part­ner of a charis­matic movie star.

Emily says she con­nected with the char­ac­ter of Ron­nie as she was a com­pli­cated woman with a chal­leng­ing home life, some­thing of­ten miss­ing from the stereo­types of the sil­ver screen.

“I liked that she was keep­ing a few se­crets and her life was a bit messy,” Emily says. “She didn’t have all of her ducks in a row.

“There’s so much pres­sure for women to have a ca­reer and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship and chil­dren, it’s nice to see that side of some­one who’s in a bit of a bind.

“Also that slid­ing doors mo­ment of what if? What about that love that got away?

“I could iden­tify with that. We’ve all had one that got away, haven’t we?”

Emily says it was in her home state of South Aus­tralia, no less, that she had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence with a for­eign ro­man­tic part­ner.

“I did date a kind of semi­fa­mous co­me­dian back in the early 2000s,” she says.

“He came out from Lon­don to visit and we did a road trip to Alice Springs and it went a lit­tle badly and we broke up.

“I saw a bit of Henry in that in a way. The out­back’s a pretty harsh place.

“Should have just stayed in Ade­laide.”

How­ever, she was happy to be tour guide for her Euro­pean co-stars, the other being French actor Vanessa Guide who plays Henry’s glam­orous, ma­nip­u­la­tive girl­friend.

“It was great show­ing Vanessa and Ed­die in par­tic­u­lar, the beau­ti­ful vine­yards and the beaches, and then the re­ally bor­ing things like where I went to school,” Emily laughs.

“My aunty lives there, I cried on that cor­ner. Mun­dane things like that.”

Get­ting to know each other on ex­cit­ing ex­cur­sions was all part and par­cel of cre­at­ing the film, es­pe­cially when it came to shar­ing a set with worl­drenowned co­me­dian and actor Ed­die.

“The first time I met him … I just got the shakes. I had to put my hands between my legs to stop shak­ing,” Emily says.

“I was quite ner­vous, but then we went out to din­ner later that night and I was fine af­ter that.

“He was re­ally funny, and re­ally knowl­edge­able, and had many anecdotes about the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, work­ing with peo­ple like Tom Cruise, Judi Dench and Brad Pitt.

“His sto­ries are in­cred­i­ble. So many sto­ries.”

Emily says her favourite scene in the film was a per­sonal tri­umph, rel­ish­ing in an ‘I told you so’ mo­ment she’d been build­ing up to for weeks.

“I’d been telling them (costars) I was a singer and they kept laugh­ing at me,” she says.

“I kept trying to edge that in to the con­ver­sa­tion.

“(The di­rec­tor) said ‘I need you to sing badly’. I said ‘I can’t do that, I ac­tu­ally do sing’.

“So she said ‘try your best’. Any­way, it came to the day on set, Ed­die was play­ing the pi­ano, and that’s when Ron­nie recog­nises the song and she starts singing.

“She (the di­rec­tor) let me sing it in tune.”

While The Flip Side screens on cin­e­mas across Aus­tralia, we can catch Emily’s fa­mil­iar face on our tele­vi­sion screens on both com­mer­cial chan­nels and the ABC. “(I’ve got) a cou­ple of things on tele­vi­sion with Chan­nel 10, then with Peter Hel­liar in How To Stay Mar­ried,” Emily says.

“Then Mad As Hell in Septem­ber, which I’m look­ing for­ward to, now there’s been a lead­er­ship spill. Good tim­ing – so much ma­te­rial.” The Flip Side is re­leased to­day in cin­e­mas across Aus­tralia

Emily Ta­heny stars in The Flip Side, an Aus­tralian ro­man­tic com­edy which opens in cin­e­mas to­day.

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