Tonkin har­bours high hopes for de­bate

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

AUSSIE actor Phoebe Tonkin never wants to see a jelly bean again. The 28-year-old, who has been in the US since 2012 film­ing The Vam­pire Diaries and its spin-off The Orig­i­nals, came home to film SBS’s new drama Safe Har­bour early last year, which re­quired 10 days on a rocky boat.

“We were all re­ally wor­ried about get­ting sea­sick, but we didn't get that sick,” Tonkin (left, in a scene with co-star Joel Jack­son) told Con­fi­den­tial. “All we did was eat jelly beans and ginger chews. I don't think I can see one of those gela­tine jelly beans ever again be­cause we lived on sugar for two weeks.”

Safe Har­bour fol­lows five Aussies on a sail­ing hol­i­day who en­counter a boat of asy­lum seek­ers look­ing for help to get to Aus­tralia.

Tonkin hopes the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller opens up a na­tional con­ver­sa­tion and puts a hu­man lens on an is­sue typ­i­cally only dis­cussed in news and cur­rent af­fairs pro­grams.

“I def­i­nitely think peo­ple are bliss­fully ig­no­rant and naive,” she said. “It’s so easy to think these peo­ple are just com­ing for a bet­ter life, but they’re not, they’re ac­tu­ally seek­ing refuge and safety, and es­cap­ing from re­ally hor­rific and dan­ger­ous si­t­u­a­tions back home.“

Safe Har­bour, which also stars Ewen Les­lie, Leeanna Wals­man and Jac­que­line McKen­zie, be­gins on SBS on Wed­nes­day, at 8.30pm.

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