Anna Friel insists new ITV drama Deep Water is not “man-bashing” show – digitalspy.com
14 August 2019 NEWS
Anna Friel and the cast of new ITV drama seriesDeep Waterhave denied that it has an “anti-men” theme.
The latest fromMrs. Wilsonwriter Anna Symon, premiering Wednesday (August 14), follows friends Lisa (Marcellastar Friel), Roz (Being Human‘s Sinead Keenan) and Kate (Howards End‘s Rosalind Eleazar) — three busy mums whose desperate attempts to keep up the facade of perfect families takes a sinister turn.
Digital Spyand other media spoke with the leading actresses prior to the series launch, with Rosalind Eleazar explaining why the feminist themes of the “emotional thriller” were so intriguing.
“They’re flawed human beings, which is a joy to watch and to be a part of… to act in,” Eleazar said. “Because that’s human life, people are full of contradictions and all sorts of things.
“It’s nice to see three women that are incredibly complex and find themselves in completely different circumstances and situations and it’s how they deal with the problems that arise, that makes it really fascinating.”
WhileDeep Waterdoesinitially show the husbands as less-than-sympathetic, Anna Friel encouraged viewers to keep an open mind as it progresses.
“This is really important, it’s not a man-bashing piece,” she stressed. “If you actually, by the end of it, I think [you] might end up having more sympathy for them. [But] not for Scott [Elias].”
Eleazar also teased that “the men have a lot to deal with” when the central mysteries ofDeep Waterbegin to unfold.
“It’s pro-women, but it isn’t anti-men,” Friel added. “And I think you’ll start to have empathy from both aspects of it… you’ll have understanding from both sides of the argument.
“Is it empathetic to womens’ struggles and hardships and juggling career and life? Yes. But can sometimes women make selfish decisions as far as the struggle goes, yes.”
Deep Waterwill continue next Wednesday (August 21) at 9pm on ITV.