'Oh my God I Love you'
Jessica Mauboy’s y’s serenade de to her shy guy
WHEN pop sweetheart Jessica Mauboy first played her new song Fallin’ to boyfriend Themeli Magripilis, the man who inspired it, he waltzed her around the room.
“He was really taken by it, it was quite romantic to be honest,” Mauboy said.
After a few more spins around the lounge of the home they share in Sydney, she convinced her partner of eight years to co-star in the video.
“I would just look into his eyes and say, ‘Oh my god, I love you. That’s why this works’,” she said, describing how she coached Magripilis through the video shoot. “I became his number one fan. I just kept telling him he was amazing, to pretend we were in our bubble at home.
“It’s very special, the first time we have worked together like this. It really captures who he is, who we are together.”
Fallin’, which Mauboy cowrote with her good friend and producer Louis Schoorl, is one of the songs in the second season of her hit television show The Secret Daughter, in which she plays country town pub singer Billie Carter.
After being nominated for a Logie for the show, which finished the year as Australia’s No. 2 drama, averaging a combined audience of 1.645 million viewers, it was a markedly more confident Mauboy who reunited with her onscreen bandmates J.R. Reyne, Bonnie Sveen and Jeremy Ambrum, the Norton family and her dad David Field to kick off filming the second season.
“I feel like I’m more comfortable, I’m less nervous than I was the first season,” she said.
Mauboy didn’t have to rely on ratings to gauge how the show connected with fans.
When she took her All The Hits Live tour to sold-out arenas around the country in April, the songs she recorded for The Secret Daughter soundtrack proved as popular as any of her original hits, including Runnin’ Back, Burn, Never Be The Same, This Ain’t Love and Can I Get A Moment?
She became the first indigenous artist to reach No. 1 on the ARIA chart with the soundtrack. With that album reaching platinum sales, it was no surprise the songs resonated with her pop audience.
While she wants to keep a few secrets about the songs in the second season, the one she launched into on the set of The Secret Daughter this week was You Don’t Treat Me No Good, the 1992 chart-topper from American one-hit wonders Sonia Dada. She also lets slip that Birds Of Tokyo’s Plans is on the list for season two alongside “ABBA and the Bee Gees”.
“I was aware that if they were to go with a second season, I had to have songs in mind,” she said. “The second one has to be as good as the first.”
Fallin’ will premiere live on The Voice on June 25.
The Secret Daughter will screen later this year.
Jessica Mauboy on the set of The Secret Daughter in Sydney. Picture: Sam Ruttyn