Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Enjoy Seeing People Who Have Messy Lives

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Enjoy Seeing People Who Have Messy Lives

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Flack stars Anna Paquin as a publicist who is adept at keeping her clients' lives appearing in perfect order, while her own falls to pieces. The actress chatted to GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about the appeal of such a complex character and the expectations put on women

IT SHOULD be no surprise that the scandalous world of PR makes for juicy viewing in new TV series Flack.

Anna Paquin plays Robyn, a high-powered PR maven who, while able to fix everybody else's problems, is utterly dysfunctional in her own personal life.

This contrast was just one of the reasons the role was so appealing to Anna, 36, known for movie The Piano and vampire TV series True Blood.

ON SMALL SCREEN "I want to play people, not women per se, and people are flawed and people can be different things in different parts of their lives," says the actress, who was born in Canada and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand.

"A lot of times we get to see that in male protagonists, where they don't have to be demonised or despised for making bad choices, and this is one of those things where, as the story progresses, you get to understand why she is the way she is."

THE " As well as following Robyn's arc, each episode of Flack has "incredibly delicious client stories of the week", says Anna.

"They are all spectacularly wrong and amazing in all the best ways, and funny in all the ways that you're like, 'Am I allowed to laugh at this?"' Discussing preparation for the role, she quips: "I've had a publicist since I was 13. I've done plenty of research.

"I would love to say that my life contains all kinds of incredibly exotic scandals that my publicist has had to clean up for years, but it's just not true," continues the star.

"I am quite boring. However, I do intimately understand how that business works, because your job's not done until you've sold the film or the TV show."

Anna says she's been "very blessed" to have had "a career filled with loads of interesting, complex female characters" and it goes without saying Robyn is part of this list. …

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