Sullivan Stapleton needed a break. It was November 2019 and the Australian actor was returning home after a decade working abroad, first on the British-American action thriller fight backthen five seasons of American crime fiction Blind spot. “You’re going to love it,” he told his American girlfriend from his hometown of Melbourne. As the pandemic took shape in early 2020, it had to.
“Honey, you have to stay here because I’m not going there with that oompa-loompa who runs the country and drinks the bleach,” Stapleton said to his partner, succinctly summarizing Trump’s response to COVID-19. His apartment in Melbourne’s inner east became the “Hotel Sully” where the couple endured Melbourne’s long lockdown together.
“We really bonded. We had no choice. We walked in and out of our stages: let’s explore cocktails. Let’s explore cooking. Let’s explore how to get fit. Let’s get back to drinking!” says Stapleton. “We watched shows like Teddy Lasso, Schott’s Creek and barry. Plus, The great and kill Eve. We had no interest in seeing dark drama. No way.”