'Sally4Ever': Julia Davis explains why she thinks Emma is different from her other comedy villains
Julia Davis plays Emma in the lesbian love sitcom 'Sally4Ever' but her new antagonist is nothing like you've ever seen before from Davis.
Julia Davis’ ambitious project 'Sally4Ever' is unlike any other brilliant comedies she's worked on, perhaps, that is why she is thinking about season 2 and a possible return of the show unlike 'Camping,' which she affirms she will not go back to. In a recent interview with the Radio Times, the 52-year-old comedian said that there is something about 'Sally4Ever' which may have her return: “There are quite a lot of characters in this so there are a lot of places it could go so potentially it could carry on. I’d like to do more if asked but I need to take a step back…” she said striking the contrast with 'Camping,' which is now being remade for HBO by Lena Dunham.
In the lesbian love sitcom 'Sally4Ever,' she plays Emma, a narcissistic lesbian actress who comes between Sally (Catherine Shepherd) and her fiancé David (played by Alex Macqueen) as their relationship of 10 years hit rock bottom after the proposal. The character comes in the latest list of Davis' brilliant comedy villains including 'Jill Tyrell,' the narcissistic sociopath who uses her husband's cancer diagnosis as an excuse to seduce the husband of her multiple sclerosis suffering neighbor in 'Nighty Night' as well as Fay from 'Camping,' who is selfish and a nymphomaniac.
It is not very hard to distinguish Davis' genius comedy villains that come from humor. Davis believes that humor commonly comes from anger or frustration and she finds it very interesting to see shocking behavior from people around her. However, every time there's a subtle difference even though it may seem that her villains can fit into one category. “I don’t want them to be the same – I think they could be viewed in that way, but there are subtle differences. My character in Camping was more vacuous and my character in Sally4Ever is more proactive,” the comedian told Radio Times.
Exploring a rather new territory of a same sex relationship in 'Sally4Ever', Davis said that this is "more ambitious than anything done before.” She also confessed that the explicit sex scenes (episode 2) were uncomfortable to shoot because it involved body doubles playing the characters of Emma and Sally and a lot of naked flesh. She confessed it felt like directing porn especially when giving directions to breasts: “It felt a bit creepy some of the time to direct these two women…I felt one was slightly uncomfortable. You feel a bit like a porn director, ‘put your boobs like that’. We were slightly nervous…”
However, Davis enjoys shocking people in a positive-no-offence way. "I don’t take enjoyment from shocking people. I take delight in ‘oh my god’ reactions if people enjoy it. But there is a ridiculous side to this," she confessed, adding “People do say my stuff is so dark and it is in a way but I think there’s a sadness to it also, underneath it all. There is something underneath comedy that is serious and if you flipped it round it’s serious which is maybe why some people don’t like it because it’s so …. painful”.