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Post by sir on Mon 13 Jun - 4:08

Aussie actor tackles gritty LA crime

Looks can be deceiving, as Claire Holt’s rookie police officer Charmain Tully has demonstrated repeatedly in the gritty retro crime drama Aquarius.

The pretty blonde officer proved she was able to do far more just than push a pen and pour coffee in the first season of the series inspired by the early years of notorious cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson, played by Gethin Anthony, who in the show is known as Charlie.

Eager to prove herself to her superiors — old-school detective Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) and more progressive undercover drugs officer Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) — Tully agreed to go undercover with Charlie’s followers.

There she discovered information about a long-missing prostitute, Caroline, and her connection to Charlie and his former lawyer Ken Karn (Brian F. O’Byrne), a political power broker with a very shady past whose wife Grace happens to be Sam’s old flame and whose daughter Emma has run off with Charlie’s “family”.

Tully also helped with Shafe’s drug investigations and in the season finale she took off on her own to locate a funeral home used by the drug ring. While calling in her discovery, Tully was caught in a phone box by biker Roy Kovic (David Meunier) and in one of the episode’s final scenes, the phone box was shown empty with the phone handset swinging off the hook.



With Holt on the phone from Los Angeles to talk about season two, it’s clear Tully has survived but Holt can’t say much about her fate as the series moves from 1967 to 1968, a year before the real Manson gained notoriety for the Tate-La Bianca murders.

“We pick up right where we left off at the end of the last season — Charmain is in a pretty sticky situation, she must figure out how to stay alive after being taken by Roy and the bikers,” the LA-based Australian star says.

“She realises she is quite good at thinking quickly on her feet and is quite convincing with the tales she tells that prevent him from finding out who she really is.

“The second season delves more into that and she gets more opportunities to go undercover and to really prove herself as a valuable asset to the LAPD.

“It is quiet topical, it is all about gender equality and rights in the workplace. She was one of the first females to be given the opportunity to do some significant police work, so we really explore that more this season. It is such a great role to play.”



Charlie and Karn’s sadistic, brutal streaks escalated during the first season and the season finale had two ultra-violent, almost unwatchable scenes.

Australian audiences see the full, uncensored episodes not shown in the US.

“It is pretty intense this season ... I guess you watch these shows if you are able to and if not you look away,” Holt says of the violence.

“I think in trying to do justice to the story and who this man was, it would be hard not to show those elements of brutality and violence.

“In order to accurately portray that, you have to go there.”

Without giving too much away, Holt says all the main characters go through intense personal turmoil this season.

“It is about Manson, it is about the LAPD, it is about the time period but the characters are so interesting and that is what draws people in,” she says.

Charlie’s musical aspirations are further explored this season, with the move “into the home of their new benefactor in their continuing quest to break into the music business”. That benefactor in real life was late Beach Boys drummer and co-founder Dennis Wilson.

“We explore that relationship this season,” Holt says.

“You get to see the dynamic between the two of them and that is one of the most interesting parts I think.”

Brisbane-born Holt, who rose to fame on the mermaid series H20: Just Add Water, returned during the Aquarius hiatus to her breakthrough role as Rebekah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals and hasn’t ruled out further appearances.




“I seem to go back every season, I love those guys and I love Rebekah. I was half alive, half dead at the end of a season; usually I am daggered in a coffin somewhere so I think this time there is more of an opportunity for me to be able to come back.”

Holt has also completed the film 47 Metres Down, in which she and Mandy Moore play sisters on a Mexican holiday who get trapped in a shark-observation cage at the bottom of the ocean.

She had to do a lot of diving during the shoot and spent much time leaning over the side of the boat trying not to be seasick.

“I am actually terrified of sharks, it is my number-one fear,” Holt admits.

“It was really tough physically and mentally but I had a great cast mate and friend in Mandy, we stuck together and got through it and hopefully made a great film.”

Not so tough was Holt’s April wedding to Matt Kaplan and honeymoon in Paris and Lake Como.

“I got married and went on my honeymoon and I just got back last week,” she enthuses.

“I really did not want to come home.”

Aquarius season two launches on Friday on streaming service Presto with the first three episodes, after which new episodes will stream express from the US each Friday.

Au.news.yahoo.com

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