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Let’s face it: There’s hot and then there’s hot.
Filling out her muscle tank, all exposed bra
straps and tats, alpha prison inmate Franky
Doyle is so hot it’s almost disturbing. In
Wentworth’s Season 1, prison governor Erica
Davidson can barely look at her you-know-
what-I-want-to-do-to-you kohl-licked eyes.
Meanwhile we (as rocklike voyeurs) find it hard
to look at anyone else.
Curiously, vagina means ‘sword-holder’ in Latin.
Franky really takes this to new heights, wielding
sex as her disconcertingly hot armour. ‘What
scares you the most is when you’re fucking him
you’re thinking of me,’ Franky challenges Erica
in a Season 1 finale spectacular. And then slams
into her with that kiss: that literal thrown up
against the wall conquest. When Franky’s done,
she salaciously tongues the trace of Erica’s
mouth on her lips, then flashes that all-knowing
smirk: you are fucked now.
Love-spawn of the 35-year-old television
series Prisoner, Wentworth defies the age-old
‘remake’ flop, standing strong - many critics
say stronger - in its own right. It has smashed
records as the most-watched Australian drama
in Foxtel’s history and been sold to over 20
countries. And does it give new meaning to the
33-year-old Australian-Portuguese actress
Nicole da Silva inhabits Franky so well, it’s
difficult to imagine that Franky could be played
by anyone else. Last year, she won an Astra
Award for it. Da Silva’s Franky is that fatally
delicious combination of vulnerable, carnal and
Absolutely. I think it’s really astute that you asked
that. And I think what we see with Franky...you
know, in that second season, is a much darker
arc for her, and that - without a doubt - is a
reflection on the prison system and the impact
it can have on someone.
Can you give us any Season 3 teasers, or tell
us if Franky has chemistry with anyone?
I would probably get shot by a publicist if I did!
What’s lovely about Season 3 for Franky is that
in a lot of aspects of her life, she comes full
circle. I will say that. (Laughs)
Have you seen Orange Is The New Black?
And if so, how is Wentworth different?
I love OITNB...I think what’s wonderful about it
is that it has a real lightness and a real kind of
exploration of character. And I think that’s
the point of difference between that and
Wentworth. Ours is a much grittier, darker,
violent exploration of prison life. So for me,
even though they’re both set in women’s
prisons, they are completely different shows.
And they’re both really valid.
So how does Franky compare to Alex in the
bad girl stakes?
(Laughs) I think Franky is definitely more violent,
but having said that, I’d like to get them both in
a cell and see what happens!
Lea DeLaria (Big Boo) told me that the cast
of OITNB would have lots of fun between
takes to relieve the tension of what they
were filming. Did you guys do that?
Absolutely. And because what we’re exploring is
so dark, it’s kind of a natural human reaction to
lighten it up between takes. And in acting that
stuff, you create a kind of camaraderie amongst
the cast. It’s been a pleasure having those
women on my side.
Did you find it difficult not to take Franky
home with you after a day’s shooting?
It was hard to shake Franky...I did come home
on many occasions and had to consciously
shake off the horrendous things that Franky had
done that day.
WENTWORTH | COVER STORY
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