Rachael Rachae Blake on the sex­ual eti­quette eti­quett of new Aussie drama, The Sec­ond

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page - Neala John­son

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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