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Hunter connected with wig for role

Holly Hunter has said the wig she wears in Top Of The Lake helped her to connect with her character.

The Piano actress worked with the film's director Jane Campion again on TV series Top Of The Lake where she plays wild-haired life guru GJ and said the look of her character made the role easier to get into.

She said: "Playing GJ was very interesting because of the detachment. Actors always seek connection. Drama is all about the moment of ultimate conflict for a person. GJ doesn't have that.

"And she is not wrestling with any of those things, she is not missing contact, she is not missing engagement, she doesn't really need it and that was a very interesting problem for me to solve, for my own self. And Jane was tremendously helpful with being less engaged.

"I really needed a hook into her, that she looked a very particular way. Jane had a very specific visual idea of GJ and we just made that happen. I love wearing wigs because they're instantly transformational."

Holly also explained where she thought the inspiration had come from for the BBC Two drama's characters.

She said: "GJ is a kind of composite of this yogi UG Krishnamurti that Jane knew and loved and is highly influential in her creating this part... There is a point of relaxation about GJ and Jane has this real incredible relaxed nature so there is a part of Jane that is like GJ.

"But I see Jane in all of the characters. She is rather unjudgmental about people so I think she absorbs the people she writes about and expresses them without judgment. There is no one who I think she doesn't understand and so we understand them too."

Top of The Lake will be released on BBC DVD and Blu-Ray on August 19.

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