If I were to put a character in front of Janet that met her with the same energy she has, she would have probably run a mile. I made sure Janet knew she had someone who was steady, who wasn’t going to be someone who freaked out on her.” Hegh pauses thoughtfully.“I think that was what won her over in the end, rather than pushing for a relationship with her.” I suggested the dearth of television and film representation of queer women over 40 all around the world has led to her character being embraced, and that in the eight episodes of Season 2, she’s become somewhat of a queer icon.
She is near the end of the run of at Belvoir St Theatre. She is under no illusions about the discussion we are about to have: what was it like stepping into the role of AFP Sergeant Bianca Grieve, and playing opposite Marta Dusseldorp as the new love interest for Janet King, one of Australia’s most prominent TV lesbians. Janet is heading a Royal Commission and Bianca is hand-picked by her to run security and surveillance.“But a couple of my friends who are in same-sex relationships with women told me that one of the things they really liked was that the relationship felt authentic, that we weren’t like two heterosexual women going, ‘Ooh, look at us being a male fantasy’, but we were honestly two people who had found something in each other.That sort of support and feedback for the work is nice, it’s satisfying to know we’re doing it justice, and people are getting something positive out of it.” So how did she feel having on screen lesbian sex? And really, all you need to bring is yourself, and love. She’s formidable, but she’s also quite playful, so we were able to try scenes in different ways until we felt we had them right.From quite early on the chemistry between the two is palpable.The complication, however, is Janet’s on-going trauma from having lost her long-term partner Ash some two years earlier.Bianca had to wait for Janet to decide when the time was right.” Hegh was at first surprised to be considered for the role.“I was pretty amazed in the audition process when I read the script.However, as Bianca grew more popular, cyber vandals, eventually found their way to Bianca.They too could post 100-line-long rants if they pleased. Some posted links which were claimed to be to pornographic images, but in fact directed the viewer to the registration page of a site that displayed autopsy, crime scene, and other disturbing photos.