The pandemic lockdown gave Sullivan Stapleton a chance to relax

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.”

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After a decade in the US, he worked on shows such as fight back and Blind spotSullivan Stapleton returned to Australia. Recognition:Peter BrewBevan

By 2021, Stapleton had his international break as a disturbing member of a Melbourne crime clan opposite Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver in David Michod’s masterful 2010 crime drama animal kingdomShe was done resting. What did he miss about acting? “The money!” jokes Stapleton, who often plays hardened cops or menacing criminals on screen, but has a sociable nature and quick wits off the screen.

“I think I was bored. I felt stagnant. TV got us through lockdown and reminded people how important our ability to tell stories is, but I had to do some TV,” he says. “I had the security of having a job and something to do every day. When that’s gone, you enjoy the break, but then it’s like, ‘I want to get back to work’.”

With work in Australia under strict production controls again a possibility, Sullivan read a script that spoke to the more playful, cross-genre shows he’d been watching with his girlfriend in lockdown. Created and written by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt whose previous shows include house men and dead lucky guy, After the verdict is a crime thriller that combines ridiculous banter with hidden identity tension.

After receiving an acquittal, jury members Clara (Michelle Lim Davidson), Daniel (Sullivan Stapleton), Ollie (Lincoln Younes) and Margie (Magda Szubanski) begin their own investigations into the case.

After receiving an acquittal, jury members Clara (Michelle Lim Davidson), Daniel (Sullivan Stapleton), Ollie (Lincoln Younes) and Margie (Magda Szubanski) begin their own investigations into the case.Recognition:

“It was the first series script I’ve read and it seemed fun. It had a good story, a crime thriller that was a page turner, and that got me excited,” says Stapleton. “Humor is a fun way to tell a story and it was a great way to get back into work.”

The series The Nine begins where many series end: in a tense courtroom reading the verdict in a murder trial. After acquitting Heidi Lang (Tess Haubrich), a young woman accused of murdering her friend and boss, four members of the jury find they cannot let the case go. Did they make the right decision, or do they just want to stick to the case and the camaraderie of weighing charges together every day?

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