Toni Collette opens up about monogamy and sexuality on her new series ‘Wanderlust’

MEAWW spoke exclusively to Toni Collette and writer Nick Payne about Netflix’s newest co-production with the BBC, ‘Wanderlust’ at the Los Angeles premiere.


                            Toni Collette opens up about monogamy and sexuality on her new series ‘Wanderlust’

In Netflix’s newest British dramedy ‘Wanderlust,’ Toni Collette plays a therapist who tries to spice up her sex life with her husband (played by Steven Mackintosh) after they both sleep with other people  In the six-part limited series created by writer Nick Payne, ‘Wanderlust’ opens up the age-old discussion of monogamy and if we as human beings are meant to be with just one person for the rest of our lives.

At its red carpet premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Collette opened up to Meaww about Netflix’s newest co-production with the BBC and how she related to this story. Even the successful actress herself can admit, that committing to one person for the rest of your life can be daunting. “I mean we live such long lives and you can never determine what will happen and I think these characters, Joy and Allen, are so brave. They do question their relationship and will go to great lengths to try to improve it and they do it in very unexpected and kind of adventurous ways.  It takes lots of twists and turns and affects many people in their sphere.  It’s something a lot of people question, it’s a part of life. You want to be with one person your whole life, but is it actually doable?  Is it possible to grow with someone for that long period of time?”

Toni Collette during a photocall for BBC One's 'Wanderlust' held at the Covent Garden Hotel on July 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Toni Collette during a photocall for BBC One's 'Wanderlust' held at the Covent Garden Hotel on July 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)


Some of the buzz surrounding the limited series is that it is some of the most risqué content to ever be on the BBC.  While some might have been shocked by the adult content, Collette supported the amount of nudity and sex portrayed in the series because it's an accurate depiction of both their inner and outer story arcs.


“Part of the issue with this couple is that they don’t enjoy sex with each other anymore, so it's very much a part of the story and the narrative.  There really was nothing gratuitous about it.  It was a very supportive set and very much integrated into the story and its part of Joy’s journey and her growth and her personal discovery.  It’s basically like an awakening. She is really learning to deepen her life and figure out what she wants and who she wants it with.  Sex is a part of what it is to be intimate, intimacy is not just sex, it's a bigger thing, but it’s very much a part of it and a part of the show.”

Meaww also spoke exclusively with Nick Payne, the writer and creator of the show, who talked more on the topic of monogamy and how he expects audiences to receive this narrative. “If people want their minds changed about monogamy and are watching the show, maybe it will, but I think you can enjoy the show and not have to worry about how you feel about relationships or not, I hope it’s enjoyable in any way.  But hopefully it does get you thinking, and it’s funny and all that other stuff.”

Stephen Mackintosh, Director Luke Snellin, Writer Nick Payne and Toni Collette during a photocall for BBC One's 'Wanderlust' held at the Covent Garden Hotel on July 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Stephen Mackintosh, Director Luke Snellin, Writer Nick Payne and Toni Collette during a photocall for BBC One's 'Wanderlust' held at the Covent Garden Hotel on July 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)


As far ‘Wanderlust’ having more story to tell after its limited season of just six episodes, Payne is open to it.  That being said, Payne does feel like he did the story justice in just six parts. “There is only one episode, episode 6, where we had a lot of material and I wondered if we could do a Netflix hour and a half version.  Because on the BBC you are restricted by time slots, but in the end we felt like we should just put out the best one version.  But as for a second series, that’s up to them.  I’d love to do another series but it’s entirely up to the people that make those decisions.”

‘Wanderlust’ premiered in the UK on the BBC earlier this month and will be released in the US on Netflix on October 19th.