Keep­ing it to­gether

Think she’s got it sorted? HOLLY BYRNES talks To­geth­er­ness with ef­fort­lessly glam­orous Amanda Peet

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AMANDA Peet is the kind of woman who can carry off that awk­ward

Se­in­feld- style sneak­ers and jeans look which, if he’s hon­est, never re­ally worked even for Jerry.

In a Los An­ge­les ho­tel suite, ready to talk about her role in a new HBO drama se­ries To­geth­er­ness, she’s a pic­ture of Cal­i­for­nian cool (sunkissed, shiny hair pulled ef­fort­lessly up into a pony­tail), with a touch of the New Yorker that she is (wear­ing those afore­men­tioned fancy train­ers and dark denim pants).

As strik­ing as the 42-year-old is – ice­blue eyes pop un­der her col­lege-girl fringe – she doesn’t strike you as one who ag­o­nised over what she was go­ing to wear to­day.

Weeks af­ter giv­ing birth to her third child (a son, Henry), she’s back to work do­ing press in­ter­views and even glam­ming up for the Golden Globes, where she walked the red car­pet with her hus­band,

Game Of

Thrones writer and pro­ducer David Be­nioff.

That ap­pear­ance – in a loos­e­fit­ting, J Men­del gown – landed her on plenty of worst-dressed lists, but from the pho­tos of her laugh­ing like a hyena at the af­ter par­ties with best friend Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story’s Sarah Paul­son, she didn’t seem to care.

That lack of ego ap­pears to have made an im­pres­sion on her new TV fam­ily, as To­geth­er­ness co-cre­ator and direc­tor Jay Du­plass ex­plains.

“A lot of you peo­ple might think of Amanda in this way … that she’s very com­posed, su­per-mod­e­lesque, just very New Yorkie. You’re also look­ing at the most hi­lar­i­ous hu­man be­ing on the planet. When we were about to shoot that boob scene [in the sec­ond episode], some­one [Peet] was in the other room scream­ing out, ‘Who wants to see 42-year-old boobs?’ We were laugh­ing our asses off.”

Asked about his com­ments, and the guf­faw­ing which fol­lowed her par­tial nu­dity, Peet keeps it real.

“I think it’s vi­tal to stay in a comic place if you’re go­ing to take your clothes off at age 42 af­ter breast­feed­ing two chil­dren. Oth­er­wise it’s just tragic.”

The scene – and Peet’s will­ing­ness to go there – says a lot about the se­ries: not your usual, con­fected pic­ture of women in sub­ur­ban situ, but pop­u­lated by peo­ple who can be raw and hon­est in a flinch­ingly can­did, but of­ten not-even-try­ing-tobe funny way.

Peet plays Tina Mor­ris, a sud­denly-sin­gle 30-some­thing forced to move in with her sis­ter Michelle (Me­lanie Lynskey) and her hus­band Brett (Mark Du­plass), who have also taken in his out-of-work ac­tor friend, Alex (Steve Zis­sis).

De­spite the crappy cards she’s been dealt, Tina seems the eter­nal op­ti­mist, tak­ing on the cheer­leader role in the house­hold, even if she ad­mits in a dark mo­ment that sin­gle­dom and boom­ing bi­o­log­i­cal clock have her con­stantly in a state of in­ter­nal panic.

Re­fresh­ingly, the mar­ried sis­ter doesn’t have it much bet­ter. She’s bored stupid and go­ing stir crazy as a stay-at-home mum, with a cring­ingly hit-and-miss sex life that is driv­ing a wedge be­tween her and her equally frus­trated-by-life hus­band.

“Every­body strug­gles, mar­ried or sin­gle … no­body has a hall pass. It’s a cost/ben­e­fit thing. To be mar­ried has its beau­ti­ful parts and parts that make life so much eas­ier and there are parts that are harder,” Peet says.

She recog­nises that pres­sure on sin­gle women too.

“I had a re­la­tion­ship end when I was 30 and I was to­tally, com­pletely pan­icked about hav­ing a child.

“Now I think it’s re­ally funny, but at that time, I was in quite a state.”

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