Our penultimate Q&A comes from the killer herself, Jacinta Moses as mum-turned-murderer, Justine.
Congratulations on your performance in the series! I think many viewers (myself included) were completely stunned at the revelation that Justine was the killer. How on earth did you keep the secret so long?
Thanks. It was really hard at first because Wayne and I were the only two who knew during Season 1. It was particularly hard keeping it from my family. But I knew it had to be done and keeping the secret has certainly paid off.
How did you become involved with After Nightfall and what made you want to be part of it?
I have worked with Wayne before, so I already knew it was going to be great. I really love Wayne’s writing, so when he put out the call for actors I quickly put my hand up.
Specifically, how did knowing you were the killer influence your performance?
It underlined everything I did. As an actor I had to look at the motivations for my character and why she might take the actions she did. It was hard for me as a person to justify her actions but as an actor it was a huge challenge. I had to look at why would Justine act like this. Ultimately, she convinced herself that she did it for Colin and she didn’t want to lose her life with him. The irony of it though, is that, by killing Troy she destroyed the life she was trying to keep.
What do you think Justine was thinking throughout Seasons 1 and 2, with her husband trying to solve the case, a major investigation, and the whole town under suspicion, when all along it was her?
I think Justine was delusional as well as frightened. Troy’s death was not premeditated, it came out of a moment of panic. I think she wanted everything to go away but things kept spiralling out of control. Things kept happening – she killed Simon, she needed to work out if Brenda knew anything and then Colin got arrested. She was a complex character in the sense that she really did love her family but totally ruined it in a moment of fear/panic.
Now that Justine’s gone, what do you think will happen to the surviving family members after all this? Do you think there’s any hope they could possibly rebuild their lives?
The family were already struggling because of Troy’s death and the death of Justine will only have exacerbated this. I think Isobel was already on a wayward path and Justine’s death will only push her to do more extreme things. Quintin will be pushed closer to Uncle Dave and his world. I think Colin would struggle and be upset but at the same time I don’t think he would have been able to cope with Justine if she lived. After all she killed his favourite son, Troy.
What do you love most about the role you played?
I loved playing the villain. I never get picked to play them.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned or taken away from this project, either personally or professionally?
As an actor you are always analysing and learning on the job. Working on camera is not something I have done a lot of so I feel like I learnt a great deal from Season 1 to Season 2. It is such a great medium but very different to the theatre work I have done. Also, I really did enjoy the challenge of playing the villain and working out what makes a person like Justine behave the way she did.
What’s next for you?
I have two films coming out soon.The film Fragmentary is being released on Oct 21st this year and the film According to Otto will be released next year.
And finally, how did your family react when they saw the episode?
My family were shocked. My husband feels like he needs to sleep with one eye open! My twin sister was truly shocked and my daughter saw another side of her mum.