Marta Dusseldorp still remembers how “totally surreal” it felt when the ABC told her it wanted her to star in a spin-off of its popular legal drama, Crownies. The responsibility of having an entire television show revolve around her character, formidable Crown prosecutor Janet King, overwhelmed the theatre veteran, and she questioned whether she was up to it.
“I’d never spearheaded anything,” she explains. “Especially being a woman, I wasn’t used to it. In the unconscious prejudice that had been thrown at me in my life, I always felt like I was there to serve a man’s story, and to be there in relation to a man, as well.”