Essie Davis is having a moment. With a host of hot credits on her CV (think the The Slap, The Matrix sequels, Australia and The Babadook) and an upcoming role on Game of Thrones, the 46-year-old Tassie-born actress is fast becoming one of Australia’s most-talked about talents.
Yet of all Essie’s characters, there’s one that global audiences have truly fallen for: The impossibly glamorous gun-toting, plane-flying, dagger-throwing, man-loving, PI Phryne Fisher. For this, her starring role in the third season of ABC’s hugely successful 1920’s period drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Essie has again earned a swag of Logies nominations.
She spoke to Mamamia ahead of Sunday night’s awards.
How are you feeling about the Logie Awards this year?
"I'm incredibly flattered to be nominated and thrilled that Phryne has such a massive fan base. I’m not expecting to win anything, but I am looking forward to going and enjoying myself."
So, no acceptance speeches prepared then?
"No, no. I find that when I prepare a speech I never win. So…[laughs]"
If it’s not going to be you, who deserves to take out the golden gong?
"I think Lee Lin Chin should win."
You’re up for three awards on Sunday. Which means the most to you?
"It’s quite wonderful to be nominated for all three. I guess Best Actress and the Gold Logie - the most popular person on television - are an incredible indication of how much pleasure Phryne Fisher gives everyone. And the most outstanding actress category is a lovely nod from my peers. So, I'm deeply flattered."
Last year, Mamamia went to the Logies and all the celebs loved us. (Post continues after video.)
Do awards matter to you?
"Probably more than they should. Look, it's incredibly lovely to be nominated for them and, when you are, it’s even better to win. [laughs]"