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Jill Halfpenny: ‘As women, we look for and do things that make us shy – that's only natural '



Aafter the first episode Dark Money broadcast on BBC1 last week, Jill Halfpenny saw Twitter quickly. He only managed a few seconds. "Some people are really angry," he said with a thick Geordie accent, "and some people are really upset."

This 43-year-old actor is no stranger to television using water cooling. Even if you don't know the name, you only have to watch a handful of UK TV in the last decade, and you will see it appear in something – maybe in Eastenders, Waterloo Road or Human. But he knew that this four-part drama – which revolves around the family of child actors who were sexually abused by his first Hollywood film director – would be very divisive. Especially considering that the boy's parents (Sam Halfpenny 's and Manny Babou Ceesay), who were equally loving and horrified and protective of them, decided to receive a £ 3 million prize for staying silent about what had happened. "I think what we are seeing is a family trapped," Halfpenny said, "and they made a decision that they thought might release them, but actually it just trapped them even more. There is no point in that. "

Halfpenny, the chipmaker after a morning exercise session, really wonders what he will do. He has an 11-year-old son, Harvey, with his ex-husband, fellow actor Craig Conway. "But I not in that position, "he shrugged. "All is well and good to guess, right? But actually, until we are in that situation, have we ever really known? I'm just not sure we did it. You think, "Yes, I have strong morality and I am ethical and I am compassionate," but often in this scenario, it is very nuanced, very gray, it is not a black and white decision. "

In the case of Dark Money, the gray area varies. After watching footage of the abuse filmed secretly by Isaac on his phone (fortunately, we only ever heard audio; the camera was directed to the ceiling all the time), the couple was horrified. "He will pay, I promise," Manny said, whose pain was filled with anger. But Isaac insisted that he wanted others not to know. If they take him to court, the lawyer advises them, "the defense team's goal was to make Isaac feel like he was on trial. He must sit in court, day after day, and basically be accused of lying. "Then there are family financial difficulties to consider, and the fact that US law does not protect the person who published details of the identity and accusations of Isaac in England Suddenly, a decision that seems disgusting is a little less.

Dark Money clearly reflects some of the problems that arise from the #MeToo movement. Halfpenny insists that this is a coincidence. "Levies [David Addai, the show’s writer] started writing this last year, before the Michael Jackson documentary, Harvey Weinstein, it all came out. He has dropped his son from drama school, and he sits in the car watching all the parents come in and take their children, and he starts thinking, & # 39; As parents in this modern world, we give a lot of trust to people which we let our children spend together, especially outside of school. & # 39; "

Isaac had a companion while on the set, but he did nothing to stop the abuse. Halfpenny is a child actor himself, appearing on the CBBC series Byker Grove at the age of 13, the year before he made his name as the wife of Phil Mitchell Kate Eastenders. Does he feel he is protected enough? "Yes. The difference is that, because it's a children's show, it's mainly children on set. So for me, it feels very safe and very protected, but it's also very fun. I will work seven days a week if I can … doesn't mean it's healthy. "

Still, he knew that this was a strange world for a child to expose. "There are lots of sparkles, bells and whistles around it, and it seems the world makes people interested or intimidated," he said. "I think sometimes the facade around it can make parents do things they don't normally do, just think," Oh it's okay because it seems to be handled very well. "Obviously at most current production, everything is there, but there will always be an exception. Always. And I think as a parent, you always worry about it. "

He tried not to let that color the views of others. "I don't want to live my life with unbelievers," he said. "This is a good way to walk. I have confidence in humans. I'm not a cynic who thinks people will do something bad to me, but you only need to use your instincts, I guess. "He thought for a moment." I think that's the point. Sometimes your instincts can be shaken in a world where everything seems so high. "

However, for 30 years, Halfpenny has made his home in this world. Since leaving Waterloo Road in 2007, he remained the subject of British TV, appearing on shows such as Inspector George Gentle, Wild at heart, Vera and Babylon. In 2017, he starred in an amazing film Three girls, a dramatic version of Rochdale's child sexual abuse ring scandal, and last month appeared in a strange and strange Victorian comedy sitcom. Year of the Rabbit. There is no one type of person Halfpenny is especially interested in playing – but there is one word he is becoming increasingly allergic to: "liked".

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"I just think women, especially mothers, are punished, or judged, in ways that men don't do on television," he said. "And here comes this strange thing," women must be liked & # 39; originated. There was a time when the directors were mostly men – they were still like that. I think a lot of that can come from the male line, that is, & # 39; We have to make sure that he is not too loud or he is fun & # 39; and that is like, & # 39; Listen, it's okay, as women, we f ** k goes up. We do things that make us embarrassed. That's normal. "And then we talk to each other about it, and we say," I'm up. I hope I don't do that. I regret it. I will try and fix it. & # 39; & # 39; There was a serious pause, interspersed with laughter. "Then we go and ride again!" He said. "It has just been called being human."

Dark Money ends on BBC1 on Monday and Tuesday


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