To be fair, a lot of those comparisons were coming from me, and from all the other women in my world who are desperately searching for diverse and relatable characters on our TV screens. Somehow, a stunning young blonde woman complaining that she’s hard-done-by didn’t seem to tick any of those boxes.
The title wasn’t very misleading; maybe this was “the wrong girl” to be on Australian screens.
Listen to Laura Brodnik and Jessie Stephens discuss the truth about The Wrong Girl on The Binge.
Except there’s a touch of magic and familiarity about the combination of a character played by Jessica Marais, based on material penned by Zoe Foster Blake, and brought to life by a talented team of Aussie creatives.
Marais’ character Lilly has definitely graduated from the Bella Swan school of walking, meaning she hasn’t quite got the hang of it, yet there’s something relatable about her and the anxiety that fills her head.
There’s been a lot of discussion (and upset) around the idea that Lily’s one purpose in life seems to be finding a guy, or at least that’s what the show’s trailers would have us believe.
But once the show gets going, it’s clear that the guy issue is just one her many problems. Her fears about not living up to her career potential, missing out on her dreams and being alone for the rest of her life are all quite real. They are thoughts that sit in my head, and in the heads of every other woman I know.