Interview: Joanne Froggatt on the challenge of her lead role in ‘Liar’

Joanne Froggatt Photoshoot 2017Off the back of her three Emmy nominations and Golden Globe win for her role in the acclaimed historical drama ‘Downton Abbey’, JOANNE FROGGATT returns to center stage in ‘Liar’— a six-part miniseries in which she takes plays a victim of sexual abuse searching for the truth.

With the intense subject matter of the series, I was interested to know what her dynamic with Ioan Gruffudd — who plays her suspected rapist — was like on-set. “Luckily Ioan and I got on brilliantly, as did the rest of the cast and crew. It felt like a really tight knit, supportive set. I think we needed it to be, because of the intense nature of the scenes”.

Joanne was clear that she took on the role, she wanted to prepare for the tough role as best she could.

“I did quite a lot of research. I watched a lot of documentaries and spoke to a counselor. With any character, you have to make sense of their behaviour and emotions in your own head, and why they may act in a certain way”.

AC: Initially, how many scripts were you given to read?

JOANNE: I initially only read the first episode, before accepting the role, but I did know where the storyline was going. That was the first question I asked! By the time we started filming, we had the first three-episodes with the final three following shortly afterwards. As I say, we all knew how the story was going to unfold but there were still so many surprises in Jack and Harry’s scripts.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: You’ve now played two characters who have been subject to sexual violence, if the opportunity to play third came about, would you take it?

JF: At the moment, I would be hesitant because as an actor you want to constantly show your versatility, that’s what keeps work interesting and challenging. However, it would totally depend on the project, the timing and the circumstances.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: Harry and Jack Williams’ ‘Rellik’ has been airing at the same time as ‘Liar’ on a different channel, have you been watching any of ‘Rellik’?

JOANNE: I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I have it all recorded on my Sky Planner, so I’m going to binge watch it one weekend.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: It’s been announced that there will be a second season of ‘Liar’. Is there anyone that you’d like to see join the cast?

JF: Yes, it’s been confirmed that we will be doing a second season of Liar. I’m so thrilled that it has been so well received. I’m not sure who I’d like to see join the cast. I think we have a fantastic cast and a fantastic range of characters who have a lot more to reveal, but who knows, I’m certain Jack and Harry will surprise us all.

AC: What are your ambitions as an actor?

JF: To keep doing work that I’m proud of and that I enjoy, and to produce some of my own projects.

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