Asher's tricky new role opposite Puberty Blues favourite
ASHER Keddie and Rodger Corser play political rivals in Ten's new drama Party Tricks.
But it's not quite clear who's the cat and who's the mouse.
"It's such a slow burn," Keddie told APN.
"It reveals itself over the six episodes, so you've got to watch all of them."
The political drama, which has a sharp comedic undercurrent, is produced by Offspring creators Imogen Banks and John Edwards, who cast Keddie in the Logie-winning role of Nina Proudman.
But Offspring fans will have to do their best to put Nina and her quirks out of their minds.
Keddie plays non-nonsense Victorian State Premier Kate Ballard, who has worked her way up the political ranks. No paranoia or fanciful daydreams here.
"What was so attractive to me about Kate as a character, among other things, is she's a mystery," she said.
"She's impenetrable when we first meet her. She's hiding so much and you just don't know why."
Corser (Puberty Blues) plays David McLeod, a popular media personality who is the Liberal Party's fresh-faced new candidate for Premier.
The widowed father and Ballard have a secret, scandalous past that threatens to derail both of their election campaigns.
"The psychological pressure of playing a woman who's in such a publicly vulnerable position, I felt as much pressure as the character did," Keddie said.
"I thought 'Oh my God, this is just so full-on' even though she's a fictitious character.
"The need to wear so many different masks to achieve what she wants to achieve, the art of persuasion is in full swing in this show."
The details and nature of their affair are drip-fed over the six episodes through flashbacks.
"You get to see the dynamic between them and the choices they made to be where they are today," she said. "The implicit gender politics, it's there, it's present. Possibly she has more to lose if this were to come to light because she is still in a marriage.
"She knew she'd be able to achieve success with the partnership of her husband and the drama within that is just fantastic. There's a real sliding-doors feel to all of this."
Offsetting all of the political manoeuvring and drama of a sex scandal waiting to break is Ballard's friendship with her speechwriter, played by Chandon Pictures and Spirited alum Charlie Garber.
"She drops the many masks she wears with different people, particularly with her confidant and speechwriter Oliver," she said.
"She's also attacked constantly about being childless, for instance, so there are different things she has to absorb and deal with on a day-to-day level that perhaps David doesn't."
Party Tricks debuts on Monday at 8.30pm on Channel 10.