And the caravan rolls on for Claudia Karvan

Claudia Karvan seems like a reasonable actress. Especially if you like your characters middle-class, uptight and on every show you watch on the telly.

I have nothing against Ms Karvan, but it does seem that she is getting the lion’s share of Aussie actress roles. Everything that is coming out now has her name on it: Puberty Blues and Time of Our Lives. Before then it was Love My Way and Secret Lives of Us and before that it was Heartbreak High (her best role yet!).

It’s not that I dislike Claudia Karvan or think her acting is particularly good or bad. It’s just that for some reason, she is now considered a fabulous actress, who must be in any quality TV series. Need a wannabee yummy mummy – no problem, book Claudia. Need a stressed-out teacher – here’s Claudia. Need a doctor, Claudia’s free. Need someone to not show emotion. Show Claudia (I mean the could just hire Julie Bishop but that’s a whole other blog). Need someone to act hysterical, here’s Claudia (again).

I’m pretty sure there must be other actresses around who could do an equally good or better job and who are not getting a look in, because, well just because.

If Claudia really is the only one in Australia who can do hysterical helicopter mom, then so be it, the gig is hers. But I’ve got a feeling quite a few actors can do annoyed and I’d like to see them given a red hot go.

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6 Comments

      1. I’m constantly amazed by stardom, particularly in this country……… sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised when someone I admire gets a look in and other times I’m amazed by the lack of talent in a lot of ‘stars’.
        Karvan is an interesting case…..I wasn’t a huge fan of the shows that made her ‘famous’ but I did think they were ok. I was impressed that she got so heavily involved with ‘Spirited’ which was a clever idea but the writing was all over the place. The premise was excellent and they could have done so much with it and her character, but yet again we got a one dimensional ‘uptight female’ character. As she had so much to do with the show it cannot be blamed on type casting……. I’m confused, but that is nothing unusual!
        Terry

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