Rachael Rachae Blake on the sexual etiquette etiquett of new Aussie drama, The Second
BEFORE jumping into bed with Rachael Blake in raunchy new movie
The Second, Vince Colosimo did the honourable thing and put a call in to Blake’s husband of 15 years, fellow actor Tony Martin. “Isn’t that sweet?” Blake coos to
TV Guide. “Vincenzi rang Tony and they had a lovely conversation where ’Cenz just said, ‘ I’m going to treat your wife with the utmost respect’.”
Still, the co- stars didn’t mess about when it came time to get steamy. Their approach to the scenes, Blake laughs, was: “Just shoot them!”
Filmed at the evocative Jimbour House in Queensland, The Second follows the writer (Blake) of a celebrated erotic novel as she escapes back to her family home to pen her next book, with her publisher and lover (Colosimo) in tow.
The arrival of her childhood best friend (Susie Porter), who hints to the publisher that the story in the bestseller is actually her own - throws a cat among the pigeons.
Blake’s writer is a far cry from the doting mother she played in Simon Baker’s hit adaptation of Tim Winton’s
Breath earlier this year. “Oh, she’s nasty,” Blake agrees. “I actually think she’s quite evil. This idea of harvesting someone else’s experience and pretending it’s yours is pretty self- entitled.”
She’s good with a gun too, as we discover when things start to get a little unhinged.
“I seem to play characters that have a breakdown of some sort, a lot,” Blake says, with a chuckle.
“Maybe because I’m so normal and so anchored in my life – I have a very happy marriage and my life’s really cool – going to that place in my work doesn’t faze me.”
She’s a big fan of the edge Porter brings to her performance too, calling it “totally naughty.” “I first worked with [Susie] on
Wildside, my second ever TV job. She played a prostitute who had HIV and I’ll never ever forget working with her, I just thought she was so quietly stuffed full of artistic integrity. I fell in love with her.”
Her relationship with Colosimo, meanwhile, stems back to just her second film, Lantana. “He had such an ease. I love working with people who have that. It’s like a tennis game … your game goes up with them.”
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