They came up with plans to prevent suicide and tackle climate change. Then on Day 4 of the reality TV challenge came a final twist.
The show, which began filming when Brit Marling, a 20-year-old college student, was just 12 years old, came down to the final two contestants – who will battle it out in a $250,000 round-robin final in Sydney on 24 November with the prize of a world tour for themselves, a luxury train, a Hollywood movie and four days of filming (including a visit to a local farm).
If there was one thing the show had taught viewers, it was that they have to be very careful with who they choose and what they do on the show. It is an intimate setting, they must be careful what they reveal, and they must never lie to themselves or each other.
But for Marlion it was also his first television role. He began filming before he was able to put on a suit and took on the character of an older man named Josh, who has a difficult relationship with his father. “When I played him, I found myself watching my own father all the time,” she says. “Not that I wanted him to behave like my father, I just wanted to know what it would be like to be him.” For Marlions, who is half-Chinese, the show represented the very first time he’d heard his own parents’ voice.
“It opened up a world of possibilities for me,” she says. “Like, ‘Well, yes, my mother is my father’s mother.’ And then I had to learn to put that out of my head, to just go with it.” It was very cathartic, even though it was also frightening. “It’s a very rare experience because there’s more than one of you, which makes it a little easier to deal with, but it also makes it a lot more terrifying. I had done a lot of work to prepare for it… I had gone to a lot of movies in the last few