Having charmed us on Packed to the Rafters, Australian sweetheart Jessica McNamee continues her rise in Hollywood, having starred next to the likes of Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Now making a return to our TV screens, she stars as the female lead in US comedy show, Sirens, premiering this Thursday in the USA. This playful lass is as down to earth as they come and we were lucky enough to catch up to chat all things men and dating.
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Q. You’re currently working on the TV series ‘Sirens’, can you tell us a little more about the show?
It’s a situational comedy written by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher who wrote Wedding Crashers. It’s just a crew of dudes and me! I get to hang out with them which is great fun. It’s about 3 EMT officers in Chicago and I play a cop and we’re all basically great at our jobs but terribly hopeless in our personal lives.
Q. Do you like working predominantly with men?
Yeah absolutely. I mean I love working with women too but guys are so much fun. It’s my first comedy and I find that having guys around that don’t take themselves too seriously makes the experience really enjoyable – that, and they’re really funny guys so there’s just a lot of laughing. I did start to feel like I was turning into a boy though because I was just hanging around boys (crew included) all the time.
Q. What are your top 5 traits in a man?
Sense of humour; intelligence; open-minded; adventurous; handsome (laughs).
Q. What do you look for in a man’s style?
[Prompted by us] Don’t worry I’m not going to say thongs. I like quite simple. My favourite would be blue jeans and a white t-shirt kind of look. I also love a guy in a white shirt and a simple suit. I’m not too fussed with colour or patterns, I just like plain, simple and stylish.
Q. What do you define as sexy?
Top of the list has to be sense of humour for me. I’m a sucker for a nice smile and really kind eyes. I’m drawn to peoples’ eyes generally, they tell a story. Intelligence as well, for sure.
Q. Obviously living in the US now, what are some of the key differences between American and Australian men? Which one do you prefer?
I’ve actually not dated too many American guys since I’ve been there [LA], funnily enough, but there’s certainly a different sense of humour in the States – guys and girls – and I’ve only just started finding American guys with that similar Australian sense of humour. Generally I think we [Australians] have a more sarcastic sense of humour which I appreciate and I think it’s a more obvious type of humour in the States. Also LA is different in that there are a lot of guys who are models and actors who can be quite into themselves at times and I find that to be quite a turn off. I’d have to say traditionally I’ve liked Australian men; they don’t take themselves too seriously. But I’ve been meeting some lovely American gentlemen of late, and Irish men, and English men… get back to me on that one… to be continued…
Q. Being Australian, do you like sport?
You know what I’m one of four girls and have a little brother so it was predominantly a world of singing, dancing, performing and all of that rubbish growing up in my house. My poor dad got sucked into taking us to dancing and what not. We didn’t have a lot of sport in our family growing up. Netball was the general code! I was very sporty though and so I was probably the only one in the family that was drawn to that world, but it wasn’t until I moved to the States that I started getting into sports, and when I moved to Chicago, (where they’re absolutely mad about their sports), I started getting dragged along to games and began enjoying them, so I’m now really into American sports. All the boys I work with are into their sport too so I now have that in common with them.
Q. You’ve worked with some pretty amazing people, who would be your top picks?
It’s hard to say, for different reasons, that’s a tough one. It was certainly a hoot working with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum on The Vow in Toronto – it was really otherworldly, I found myself asking ‘Wow is this actually happening?!’ To answer your question though I’d probably say Denis Leary is my favourite person to work with on Sirens – he’s amazing, writing, producing, at times directing too.
Q. What’s the worst pick up line you’ve ever heard?
I actually was on the street in LA not that long ago and this guy said ‘excuse me ma’am do you have any spare change?’ To which I replied ‘No’ because I actually didn’t have any on me at the time, to which he then said ‘Well in that case can I have your number?’. I replied ‘I guess I’d be paying for dinner?’ I thought that was amazing, asking for money then asking for my number.
Q. Tell us about your ideal date…
I don’t like too much fuss; I get a bit embarrassed by guys who fuss too much. It’s nice to be romanced but my ideal would be just drinking red wine over dinner. If I liked the guy that would be my ideal date – if not, if they were someone you realized quite quickly you weren’t interested in, that could be quite torturous.
Q. Romance to me is…
Someone who is very thoughtful and interested. I only just figured that out recently because I dated a real ding bat recently for a year or so – not remotely thoughtful and completely uninterested in anything and it was weird that it took me so long to figure out that was important to me. To be honest he wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed though! So I guess romance to me is someone who is thoughtful, who actually remembers something you had on and asks you about it. It’s not that hard to do either. Interested, inquisitive and thoughtful I’d say, that’s romance to me.
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