Graduate of The Actor's Wheel, Deborah Couch aka Debz is born, bred and trained in Plymouth. In her debut web series role, Couch plays Bathsheba Everdene/Ellie in Away From It All. Learn more about the actress below the jump!
netTVnow: How did you get involved with the series?
Deborah Couch: I received an email advertising about the web series, and as it was a self-tape audition I thought “Let’s do this, I’ve got nothing to lose!”
netTVnow: Were you familiar with the original Thomas Hardy novel beforehand? If not, did you read it in preparation for your role?
DC: I had never heard of it before in my life! However, I studied Tess of the D'urbervilles for A Level English, so I was very familiar with how Hardy writes and portrays his characters. I also didn’t read the novel. I did my research on her journey and the actual story, but I feel like if I had read it prior to filming, it would have distorted the relatability of going head first into a role.
netTVnow: That makes total sense! What would you say drew you to the role of Bathsheba?
DC: I think it was understanding how complex Hardy’s characters are that definitely helped. I found her character relatable, challenging and a someone I knew I could really sink my teeth into and enjoy playing!
netTVnow: Can you tell us more about your character Bathsheba/Ellie. She almost comes off as she’s trying to force herself to grow up rather quickly, why do you think that is?
DC: She’s had a lot going on in her past, and I think she’s always had that mindset of working hard and independently to provide and make people happy. However, I think once she moves away and starts her own business, the balance between friendship, relationships and trying to maintain her job have her stubbornness sky-rocketing – she refuses to accept her limits!
Bathsheba is very headstrong. She likes to be seen as the cool, laid back and popular one; trying not to give too much of herself away. She’s also very human. She pushes against her limits and doesn’t let anyone knock her down. Even at her lowest point she continues to find strength in herself. I also feel that by bringing myself into the character, I was able to explore a more quirkier side to Bathsheba that maybe wouldn’t have been seen before!
netTVnow: If you could have played any other character in the series, who would it have been and why?
DC: I actually auditioned for the role of Liddy as well as Bathsheba! Anna (Lloyd) was definitely the better choice though [laughs]. I found Liddy so funny and excitable and that’s a side of my personality a lot of people see, so I didn’t see the harm in giving it a shot!
netTVnow: Is this your first web series? If so, what was your impression of it?
DC: Yeah, this is my first web series, although I used to watch a lot of them in my teens! Being able to act in one was tough, but really fun! Short episodes meant that line learning and filming was often quicker, but there definitely was a lot of lines, and the pressure to get all the episodes in the short amount of time was crazy. Thankfully, having a great cast and crew meant that everyone supported each other and I would definitely be up for going into a web series again!
netTVnow: Do you have any upcoming projects we can share?
DC: I don’t have any current acting work coming up, but I am working on the music with The Actor’s Wheel, the company I trained with, on their upcoming UK tour of A Clockwork Orange!