This Is Not My Life on One

8:30pm Thursday, August 12 on TV One

Tandi Wright plays New Zealand’s own desperate housewife in new local drama This Is Not My Life. Her character, Callie, is a woman who craves her husband’s love and family stability; but instead finds herself living with a man who doesn’t recognise her or their children.

“Callie’s not just desperate, she’s not just a housewife, she is both of those things. But she’s so much more,” says Wright. “For Callie, Alec (Charles Mesure) is the centre of her world. She wants to be loved, he is everything to her and she would do anything to please him and to protect her family. She’s quite a tiger in that respect. Of course, she’s concerned that he can’t remember her. That’s not good for anyone’s self esteem – how could you really completely forget the love of your life?”

This Is Not My Life is one of Wright’s first television roles after her Qantas Film & Television Awards Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in the feature film Out Of The Blue and after the birth of her daughter. In the fast-paced mystery drama, she plays opposite Charles Mesure, an actor she has worked with before, on productions such as Street Legal.

“Charles, I have to say, has been fantastic in this. His work load is unbelievable, extraordinary. He’s in every scene. He is so prepared, generous and incisive. I think we were really lucky because we’ve worked together in the past and so it was really nice to come to this with that shared history. You don’t have to get to know each other, you just start in, boom, and he’s been amazing. He has this very strong charismatic, strongly male presence – macho presence – and it’s just so lovely to play off. There’s a real solidity there but it’s not overwhelming, it’s very inclusive and we play together very easily.”

In a story set in New Zealand the day after tomorrow, Wright is impressed by the world that series creators Gavin Strawhan and Rachel Lang have created.

“The clever thing about This Is Not My Life is that the world is not ours but it’s so recognisable. It’s just got that slight remove – it mirrors parts of society now in quite clever little ways. I like the idea about memory and how important memory is to the individual. If your memories were replaced entirely with someone else’s memories would you be a different person? Is it possible to change like that? At the same time, it’s about identity and who you are. The two things are so closely linked – does your memory make you ‘you’, and what if someone were to play with that? Are you someone else?”

In tonight’s episode (at 8.30pm on TV ONE) Jessica (Miriama McDowell) starts to come around to Alec’s (Charles Mesure) weird theories when she realises the office junior who replaced her looks like her, has a similar background, and is dating the same guy who pressured Jessica.

Jessica plays up to Gordy (Steven A Davis) who reveals that he works for Personal Systems and it’s his job to track people. While Jessica distracts Gordy, Alec downloads the tracking program and works out a way to block their chips. He breaks into the library and discovers that while there are no files for him or Jessica, there is a very revealing one on Gordy. Plus, Alec finds Callie’s file from her life before Waimoana.

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  • MissingUnderbelly

    Enjoying Thursday in front of the box!

  • BrettA

    Another gem to add to a growing list of excellent Kiwi TV drama. I think I watch more Kiwi made that anything else. 

  • Jaycee

    Lovin this show – here visiting friends for a few weeks and its better TV than we get back home.  Only problem will be keeping up when I go back to the States!

  • thetvman

    this is a truly great show i cant wait till tonight! 😀


  • Polly Fryer

    So many possibilities and unanswered questions… it just gets better and better

  • tabby

    I watched the last three back to back and couldn’t stop thinking about it. Fantastic!