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]"
Any other trophies you’d like to have on your shelf?
"Oh yeah! I’d like to have all of them... she says with a tyrannical laugh. Of course I’d love to have them all. I would love to have all of the major American ones, and the major British ones, and the major French ones and the major Australian ones. Of course I would."
So were you that little girl rehearsing your Oscars speech into the mirror?
"I used to watch Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers movies and think 'I want to be as good and as famous as Fred Astair'. But I haven’t actually been wishing for that fame since I saw quite early on how destructive and how invasive it can be. But, yes, I always wanted to be the best actor in the world.”
Let's take a trip down memory lane and look at all the past Logies dresses. (Post continues after gallery.)