ACTOR Madeleine Madden says the championing of women’s sexuality in Netflix series Tidelands was liberating.
The 21-year-old rising star plays a young revolutionary among the community of seductive half-human, half-siren Tidelanders, led by Elsa Pataky’s character, in the series, which is Australia’s first Netflix original series and was filmed across southeast Queensland this year.
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“It is definitely a very sexy show,” Madden said.
“It’s very female-driven. It’s a matriarchal society, and that was quite liberating.
“If we had to do things a bit naked or an intimate scene it was good, because it was very much the women in control and we had female directors, which really changes the vibe on set.
“No one came away thinking it was distasteful or vulgar.
“It’s empowering, and I think that’s why people will enjoy this show, and why I think it’s appropriate for what’s happening around the world at the moment.
“And everyone wants to be a mermaid.”
Madden, along with co-stars Pataky, Charlotte Best, Marco Pigossi, Mattias Inwood and Aaron Jakubenko, will walk the red carpet at the world premiere in Brisbane tomorrow.
It is almost a homecoming for Madden, who spent more than half the year in Queensland filming Tidelands, followed by Dora the Explorer on the Gold Coast for the past four months.
Following starring roles in Mystery Road and Picnic at Hanging Rock this year, she plans to split her time between the US and Australia next year.
“I’ve spent more time in Queensland than my own house. It’s been great,” Madden said.
“With Tidelands coming out and Dora I think I’ll be over in America a fair bit next year, which I’m very excited about. That’s kind of a new chapter.”
“I’ll be going back and forth for work. I love Australia and I get so homesick all the time so no plans to move.”
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