‘I have a heavy heart for their loss of freedom’: Asher Keddie speaks of the dangers of teens having social media – as she stars in new TV drama that covers sexting and online exploitation
She stars as a parent in new SBS drama The Hunting, that sees underage boys posting nude photos of their female classmates to a secret porn site.
And Asher Keddie spoke of the dangers to having social media as a teenager in current day society, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.
The 44-year-old said she has a ‘heavy heart’ when considering their ‘loss of freedom’, having grown up in an era without Instagram or Facebook.
‘I have a heavy heart for their loss of freedom’: Asher Keddie, 44, spoke of the dangers to having social media – as she stars in SBS’ TV drama that covers sexting and online exploitation
‘When I was a teenager, we were able to explore sexuality and love and friendship in a really different way because it wasn’t being watched,’ Asher told the publication.
‘I have a heavy heart when I lament that loss of freedom for our kids,’ she added.
Asher, who stars as Simone in The Hunting, a parent of the teenage boy who is the ringleader in the sexting saga, went on to reveal the difficulty in playing the character.
‘She has to be accountable for raising a son that is displaying very toxic masculinity and she’s married a misogynist. That was difficult for me to play and understand and not judge,’ she said.
The Hunting, which is set at a high school in Adelaide, Australia, also sees the repercussions of the teenage boys’ actions play out.
Richard Roxburgh who plays Asher’s on-screen husband Luke, told SBS on Monday that he had interesting conversations with the younger cast about sexting.
Different era: ‘When I was a teenager, we were able to explore sexuality and love and friendship in a really different way because it wasn’t being watched,’ Asher told the paper
‘Some of the most interesting things that were my takeaways from working on the show were listening to the younger cast talk about sexting, talk about that way of communing with one another and what it means,’ the 57-year-old said.
He continued: ‘Because it’s all very well to say, ‘It’s a dumb idea, don’t do it’, but they are doing it, so we have to understand why.
‘I heard some really interesting angles on why that might be and how it’s a kind of expression of something that doesn’t involve physical contact, so there’s a kind of beauty in the act in and of itself.’
Richard went on to add that should the pictures get in the wrong hands, there can be a devastating outcome.
The Hunting premieres at 8.30pm on Thursday August 1 on SBS.
Challenging role: Asher stars as Simone in SBS’ new TV drama The Hunting, a parent of the teenage boy who is the ringleader in the sexting saga