Melissa George received her share of praise as Rosie, a strong willed mother who’s faced with a huge dilemma, in The Slap. The U.S. version of The Slap (the narrative’s backdrop is now Brooklyn) may have different filmmaker (Olive Kitteridge’s Lisa Cholodenko) and cast members, but George is back to reprise her role.
The good news is that the new version doesn’t aim to ape the original. Both narratives of The Slap take their creative inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas‘ 2010 novel of the same name.
Life for the actress has changed since her initial run at Rosie, and in the video below George, who’s the mother of a 1-year-old son, talks about fully understanding Rosie’s “mama bear” instincts:
Also starring Thomas Sadoski (I’m posting video of Sadoski talking about The Newsroom in the next few days), Peter Sarsgaard and Thandie Newton, the eight episode miniseries centers on the repercussions of an adult’s quick triggered slap on a child, as each person takes their respective sides on the incident. As the journey unfolds, secrets are inevitably unearthed, leading to a new series of conflicts.
The Slap premieres tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt).