Liv Hewson on starting the conversation in Bombshell

 Liv Hewson stars alongside Charlize Theron in Bombshell.
Liv Hewson stars alongside Charlize Theron in Bombshell.

AT age 24, Australian actor Liv Hewson is already a familiar face on the small screen from parts in Aussie TV shows like Top of the Lake to playing the daughter of Drew Barrymore’s zombie mum in Santa Clarita Diet, to most recently appearing in Netflix’s teen Christmas movie Let It Snow.

Now the Canberra-born actor, who uses they/them pronouns, is appearing alongside fellow Australians Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell, a film about the sexual allegations made by women working at Fox News against the then CEO Roger Ailes.

Hewson plays Lily Balin, a staffer under Fox News anchor and commentator Megyn Kelly, played by Charlize Theron, who made the news herself when in the 2016 Republican debate she questioned Donald Trump about his comments towards women.

Kelly eventually became one of the women to come forward with allegations towards Ailes, but not without facing a dilemma on how this could define the career she worked so hard to build.

“What’s exciting about now is that people are talking and the first step to addressing any problem is to be able to share that it exists,” Hewson said.

“In talking and sharing we can start taking steps to make that dilemma go away.

“On set everyone was constantly talking about what they’d learned and sharing information with each other, which was a very cool open environment.”

Hewson said they did not know a lot about the real-life events before joining the project.

“I talked to some friends of mine about it and they didn’t know much about what had happened either, which is part of why I think the film is so important,” they said.

Bombshell is now showing.

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