Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin has spoken out about her role in Transfusion, the highly anticipated Stan Original Film premiering exclusively on Stan on January 20.
The movie stars Sam Worthington (Avatar: The Way of Water) who plays Ryan Logan, a man struggling with PTSD after retiring from the SAS. Phoebe stars as his wife, Justine.
In the film, Ryan and his son Billy attempt to reconnect after a devastating loss. On his last chance with the law, Ryan is thrust into the criminal underworld by a former SAS brother (Matt Nable) to keep his son from being taken away from him.
In an exclusive interview with 9Entertainment, Phoebe discussed the significance of the movie and how Sam’s own children – Rocket, Racer and River – proved to be an “invaluable asset” to her while making the movie.
“It’s a movie about grief, PTSD and the lengths that a father will go to in order to protect, support and to love his son,” Phoebe explained.
“Sam is a beautiful actor, and he was really imperative to me because I don’t have kids.”
Phoebe revealed that her sister gave birth to her nephew the day she started filming.
“I’m an auntie now, but really my only other experience with children – well, one of my experiences with children – is [with] Sam and Lara’s kids,” she admitted.
“Sam is a father and really understands the love that you have for your children, that undying love.
“It was definitely an invaluable asset having him be able to bring that sense of honesty and truth about the love he has for his children, [to his role] with his child in this movie… It was very, very helpful.”
Phoebe also spoke about the significant themes of grief and PTSD throughout the movie.
She said that while there are a lot of American films about soldiers returning from war, there isn’t many based in Australia.
“That was something that really interested me from the get go – that unique story that has happened a lot in Australia, but just isn’t talked about that much,” she said.
“There’s also a lot of Australian men who will be able to resonate with the vulnerabilities of Sam’s character.”
She said that the power of grief is an incredibly important topic that needs to be delved into.
“Any opportunity to show the vulnerabilities of being human, and the struggles just to put one foot in front of the other,” she continued. “…Especially for a father trying to take care of his only living child.
“I think there is something very inspiring for anyone who will do anything to protect and care for their loved ones.”