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Young actor Asha Boswarva grateful for MeToo women who spoke out

Boswarva played the young Sister Margarita in Lambs of God.

Boswarva played the young Sister Margarita in Lambs of God.Credit:Mark Rogers

“They are making it a safer place because what went on for some of those women isn’t right and I shouldn’t have to be scared that, that’s going to happen to me.

“I feel very privileged to be a woman in the industry who is able to have her own voice heard. I think that’s such an honour now the path has been paved by people before me.”

Boswarva will be able to relax and enjoy the major awards ceremony, having already won best female new talent, which was announced last month.

The aspiring actor received some welcome career advice from seasoned performers Damon Herriman and Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who spoke on the red carpet prior to Monday’s AACTAs luncheon about navigating the path to stardom.

Cobham-Hervey, who missed out on best supporting actress for Hotel Mumbai, said Boswarva should “be brave” and “keep trying to find work that feels really authentic to you and that you really care about”.

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Herriman, a nominee for two upcoming awards including best lead actor in Judy & Punch, was more circumspect.

“It’s always a hard question. From a pragmatic perspective I’d say always have another string to your bow so you can pay the rent and eat (if acting doesn’t work out).”

Herriman also encouraged Boswarva to figure out early on what kind of roles she wanted to play, and to take early steps down that path.

Boswarva says she will give “110 per cent” to achieving her goals. “Aim for the stars … dreams don’t work unless you try hard.”

AACTA awards luncheon: Boswarva and Nash Edgerton on the red carpet .

AACTA awards luncheon: Boswarva and Nash Edgerton on the red carpet .Credit:Louie Douvis

Herriman, in the meantime, remained confident the Australian film industry was in “pretty good shape”.

“Every week there seems to be some new series or mini-series or telemovie, and the quality has become so great. I think the Australian industry has really stepped up in the last few years and it’s just really exciting.”

But streaming services such as Netflix should be regulated, he said, to force them to produce more local content.

“It would be good if the streaming services had to make as much Australian product as the other channels do. Hopefully things will head in that direction.”

Cobham-Hervey agreed streaming platforms “allow us to take more risks” but she hoped the cinema experience will survive the disruption.

The AACTAs screen at 8.40pm on Wednesday on Channel Seven.

Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.

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