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Challenging… Sophie Lowe plays a teen who has an affair with a 40-year-old man in new TV series The Slap. Photo: James Brickwood

Sophie's slap bang in tough role, again

INCEST, adultery and child abuse: Sophie Lowe doesn't shy from controversial roles. The 20-year-old Sydney actress known for her confronting performance in Rachel Ward's incest-filled Beautiful Kate is about to embark on yet another challenging role in the TV series The Slap.

Adapted from the award-winning book by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, Lowe will play Connie, an orphaned teenager who has an affair with a 40-year-old man, roughly the same age as Lowe's father Ian Lowe.

"Connie is such a great character," Lowe said. "She is a teenager coming of age and working herself out, and she is experiencing all these new emotions." Advertisement: Story continues below

Having had a "too happy" upbringing, Lowe said she was attracted to more unconventional roles when auditioning.

"They do attract me so I can challenge myself and see if I can do it," she said. "But I don't really plan it. I just connect with more challenging and meaningful roles that people can relate to.

"That's kind of where I hover, too. It's easier for me to cry in a scene than laugh. It's weird. I have trouble laughing because I always feel like it's really fake."

Lowe said mentors such as Ward helped her deal with her more disturbing roles.

"If I didn't have someone who was so warming and comforting I don't think I would be able to do it," she said.

The Slap follows the aftermath of a backyard barbecue gone wrong when a man slaps another guest's son. The shocked boy's parents call the police which then leads to messy legal action.

Lowe will join Melissa George, Alex Dimitriades and Sophie Okonedo in Melbourne tomorrow for rehearsals.

By Sarah Whyte
January 16, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald