The First World War drama ‘Deadline Gallipoli’ aired sunday and monday on Showcase. Jessica plays a nurse, Vera, and it was really nice to see her portraying once again a strong female character. I have updated the gallery with HD screencapture from both part one and two of the mini-series. I also added one production still. Enjoy!
MATCHBOX – She may be playing a fictional character in Foxtel’s epic two-part war drama Deadline Gallipoli but for WA actress Jessica De Gouw being part of the SA- shot project was a big honour.
“The story has always been of interest to me,” De Gouw says by phone from Louisiana in the US, where she is filming her latest TV project, the 10-part civil war drama Underground.
“We were taught about it in school and commemorate it every year so I expected that there would be projects with the centenary that would do it justice and tell the story well but I thought Deadline Gallipoli has such a different take on it.
“It was a very interesting approach to a popular narrative and the creators behind it were the ones that really drew me to this project.”
The Curtin University graduate, 27, stars as nurse Vera Grant, who is stationed in Egypt during WWI.
As she tends to wounded soldiers, Vera develops a connection with Australian photographer Phillip Schuler, played by WA’s Sam Worthington, also executive producer of the mini-series.
“My character is an amalgamation of a couple of different people but Shaun Grant, one of the writers, did tell me that Vera was based a bit on his grandmother,” she says. “When you think about the women of that time, they weren’t permitted under normal circumstances to co-exist with men in that kind of way.
“So for these women, as well as dealing with the gruelling day-to-day of war, they were completely out of their element socially. The whole experience must have been so overwhelming yet they’re so tough. But they were right there with the men as well, so they were seeing what the men were seeing.”
WHO – When Jessica De Gouw landed in Los Angeles in 2012 she’d barely left the tarmac before winning the role of The Huntress in Arrow, the TV series based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, shot in Vancouver. Next she filmed thriller These Final Hours in her hometown Perth, before spending seven months in Budapest on NBC’s Dracula. As she readies for a six-month move to Louisiana (for pre Civil War drama Underground), the 27-year-old talks to Alison Boleyn about Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli, growing up barefoot, and the strange, new allure of creature comforts.
After so much moving, where’s home?
London. I finally unpacked the suitcases I’ve had for four years. I’ve always considered myself a bit of a gypsy and enjoyed the fact I could fit my whole life into two suitcases. Then suddenly I was like, ‘Actually I’d like to have some nice towels and cushions.’
Why not Los Angeles?
London is quieter. I don’t ever feel settled in LA. There’s always a bunch of Australians there and they’re always a good laugh but people come and go. It’s a transient city.
What was it like growing up in Kalamunda?
Very Australian. I grew up on 16 acres and we had horses and I was always covered in dirt and running around barefoot. If I ever have kids, that’s what I would want for them, that running around and being called in for dinner when the sun goes down.
Jessica attended the Orlebar Brown x Emilio Pucci Launch Party on March 25, 2015 in London.
New production stills of Jessica as Paula in ‘Cut Snake’ have been added to the gallery. You can watch the trailer below!
Film Productions > Cut Snake (2014) > Production Stills
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – WGN America is going straight-to-series with Underground, tapping Christopher Meloni to star in the slave drama.
Additionally, Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge (Rectify) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, Dracula) will join the cast of the 10-episode drama. Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, Treme) will direct the first two episodes.
The L.A.-based cable network first announced it was developing Underground in August, when it went straight to series with Outsiders, its Appalachia-set 13-episode series.
From creator Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes), the Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios entry follows the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. Executive producers include Green, Pokaski, Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures.
Law & Order: SVU alum Meloni — who marks his return to drama following last season’s short-lived comedy Surviving Jack — will play August, a secretive mercenary who walks a tightrope between survival and morality. Meloni had been getting multiple pilot offers this season, for both drama and comedy.
MARIE CLAIRE – There’s a well-worn path that Australian actresses tend to tread en route to stardom. A sun-drenched prime-time soap opera stint, a turn in a local indie film and then straight on a plane to Hollywood and, hopefully, fame and fortune.
Not so for Jessica De Gouw. With only a handful of local performances to her name (including Underbelly and the Kath & Kim movie), the 27-year-old starlet got her big break in 2012 after being cast in the action-packed American TV series Arrow. Over the course of three seasons, the big-budget production built up a cult following. “I get loads of really great drawings and stories [from fans],” laughs De Gouw. “[It] is unlike anything I have ever experienced before.”
Now, following the success of Arrow and a bodice-ripping rendition of Dracula opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, De Gouw is returning to local screens in Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli. The miniseries, commemorating 100 years since the Anzacs landed on the Turkish peninsula, follows four war correspondents (Sam Worthington plays Phillip Schuler).
De Gouw is Vera, a nurse who strikes up a friendship with Worthington’s charming journo. “When I first read the script I was in tears,” says De Gouw. “Vera was such a strong character that I begged to be a part of the project. Thankfully, they said ‘yes’ straightaway!”
Deadline Gallipoli airs on Foxtel’s Showcase in April.
I have added poster, production still and behind the scenes photos of ‘Generation Z’ in our gallery. Jessica plays Melanie and the film will be released this year. You can read the synopsis below:
DAY ONE: RELAX. DAY TWO: HUNT. DAY THREE: RUN
Following a near-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, humans are once again in control. If an occasional rogue zombie finds its way into everyday life, it is quickly disposed of by the authorities. In this day and age, people know how to handle “Zee’s”. The latest craze is the Zombie Safari – Zafari – a chance to go out and shoot the un-dead in the wild. The ultimate blood sport experience, and for many the ultimate therapeutic revenge following the losses su!ered during the outbreak. Little do the vacationers realise they’re actually in a highly controlled environment, where the zombies are always kept at a safe shooting distance. Nothing is left to chance, nothing is unplanned.