Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor talk about their new drama
The End and filming some very funny scenes
What’s inside the February issue of Foxtel magazine?
They are acting royalty who now share the screen in the deeply moving and darkly comedic new FOXTEL Original series The End. Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor ponder life’s biggest questions in Foxtel magazine’s cover story, as they reveal what’s in store for viewers when the Aussie-set drama premieres this month.
Exploring complex topics – including dementia, depression, sexuality, addiction and assisted dying – this brilliantly cast series will have you crying and laughing as it navigates the heartache and gut-wrenching moments faced by many families today.
O’Connor and Walter admit it wasn’t all dark times while filming, with some rather light-hearted moments on set.
“We did have a very good, crazy evening dancing, but most of those ‘happy occasions’ ended up in a bit of a disaster,” Succession star Walter says with a laugh. “The Christmas party [scene] in particular. It was just a very relaxed and lovely group of people, and each scene – apart from when we were supposed to be stoned – I don’t think we got the giggles or got crazy. The stoned scenes – that was fun! We shot in Nimbin and that was quite fun, I’ll tell you – eyes out on stalks.”
The SAG and Emmy nominee also candidly admits her biggest challenge was taking on the role of a parental figure, not being a mum herself.
“It was quite hard work,” she recalls. “I don’t have children, so I find I always struggle with that… In finding exactly what kind of mother [my character] was, that was a tiptoe; it wasn’t a ‘rush in and I know what I’m doing’.”
Also in the February issue:
One of Australia’s most successful celebrity chefs, Curtis Stone, talks to Foxtel magazine about his new program Field Trip with Curtis Stone. The star also chats about raising his two sons in America with actress wife Lindsay Price, while keeping his famous Los Angeles restaurants afloat during the pandemic. “It’s pretty scary over here at the moment,” says the businessman. “We’re just trying to keep it all together.” What is keeping the smile on his dial are sons Hudson, nine, and Emerson, eight. So does he think either of them will follow in his footsteps? “Sometimes when people say to me, ‘Do you think they’ll be chefs?’ I say, ‘I wouldn’t want them to be chefs.’” he explains. “But then it’s been wonderful to me, so why wouldn’t I?”
As the Repco Supercars Championship shifts into high gear for another year of action, driver-on-the-rise Cameron Waters opens up about why winning is on his mind, tackling Mount Panorama and his goals for the fast-paced season ahead.
Foxtel magazine February issue hits Australian subscriber homes from this week, media release attached.