'Oh my God I Love you'

Jes­sica Mauboy’s y’s ser­e­nade de to her shy guy

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - KATHY McCABE

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

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