Wednesday 28 January 2015

Cormack loves to play strong women

Published 26/08/2013 | 02:52

Danielle Cormack plays Bea Smith in Wentworth Prison
Danielle Cormack plays Bea Smith in Wentworth Prison

Danielle Cormack has said she jumps at the chance to play strong women.

The New Zealand-born actress takes the lead role in Wentworth Prison, a contemporary reworking of Prisoner: Cell Block H.

The Rake star said: "As an actress you're living for projects where you get a chance to play strong women or you're working with a predominantly female cast.

"We were working so closely together - when you're working in 40 degree heat in these cells, and you are there for 10 to 12 hours a day, it really did feel like you were incarcerated! But I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of women to work with."

She said of doing research: "I didn't feel that it was pertinent for me to research so much at the beginning because the character of Bea was not in prison before we meet her - I didn't really want to be too savvy about what was going on.

"Halfway through I went to visit a prison which was incredibly enlightening in terms of how different women function in there."

:: Wentworth Prison begins on Channel 5 on Wednesday August 28 at 10pm.

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