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Toni Collette reveals she was reluctant to accept a role in new miniseries The Staircase

Toni Collette reveals she was reluctant to accept a role in new miniseries The Staircase as she didn’t want to ‘further fan the narcissistic flame’ of convicted murderer Michael Peterson

Toni Collette stars in the new miniseries The Staircase, as Kathleen, the wife of North Carolina crime novelist Michael Peterson, who is convicted was murdering her.

And the 49-year-old actress admitted that at first, she was reluctant to take on the role. 

‘I was blown away when [I was] asked to play Kathleen, but I did take pause,’ she tells this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine. 

Pause: Toni Collette (pictured) stars in the new miniseries The Staircase, as Kathleen, the wife of North Carolina crime novelist Michael Peterson, who is convicted was murdering her. And the 49-year-old actress admitted that at first, she was reluctant to take on the role

‘I questioned the actual purpose of retelling this story of tragic loss and, guilty or not, I certainly didn’t want to further fan Michael Peterson’s narcissistic flame.’ 

The Australian star was won over however by the idea that she could be an advocate for the victim. 

‘When I realised I could help give Kathleen a voice beyond victimhood, I was in’ she added.

'I questioned the actual purpose of retelling this story of tragic loss and, guilty or not, I certainly didn't want to further fan Michael Peterson's narcissistic flame' she told Stellar Magazine. Toni is pictured in The Staircase alongside Colin Firth, who plays Peterson

‘I questioned the actual purpose of retelling this story of tragic loss and, guilty or not, I certainly didn’t want to further fan Michael Peterson’s narcissistic flame’ she told Stellar Magazine. Toni is pictured in The Staircase alongside Colin Firth, who plays Peterson

Support: Toni was won over however by the idea that she could be an advocate for the victim. 'When I realised I could help give Kathleen a voice beyond victimhood, I was in' she added

Support: Toni was won over however by the idea that she could be an advocate for the victim. ‘When I realised I could help give Kathleen a voice beyond victimhood, I was in’ she added

Toni went on to say that the miniseries will delve into the Peterson’s marriage, which the 2004 documentary, also called The Staircase, did not.  

‘We experience much more of Kathleen as a whole person, instead of being objectified as she was in the documentary’ she said. 

The miniseries examines the Peterson family’s travails ahead of Kathleen being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the family home on December 9, 2001; and the murder allegations against Michael, played by Colin Firth, who authorities said killed his spouse by throwing her down a staircase.

 Michael Peterson has continually denied responsibility for his wife’s death. 

Denials: Michael Peterson (pictured) has continually denied responsibility for his wife's death

Denials: Michael Peterson (pictured) has continually denied responsibility for his wife’s death

History: The miniseries examines the Peterson family's travails ahead of Kathleen (right) being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the family home on December 9, 2001; and the murder allegations against Michael, who authorities said killed his spouse

History: The miniseries examines the Peterson family’s travails ahead of Kathleen (right) being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the family home on December 9, 2001; and the murder allegations against Michael, who authorities said killed his spouse

He was convicted in her death in 2003, and was re-tried until he eventually accepted an Alford plea in 2017, which enabled him to take a reduced manslaughter sentence while not admitting guilt in his wife’s death, and be released from custody. 

Following the plea, Michael declared his innocence, saying of the legal move, according to the AP: ‘Right now, I can live with this. It’s not fair, It’s not right. I’m innocent. This deal is not a good one for me… it is a great deal for the district attorney.

‘The second most difficult thing I ever did in my life was to sit through that trial and listen to lies, perjury, fake evidence, made-up evidence, withheld evidence, unconstitutional searches so many times, I wanted to jump up and scream, “Liar! This is not right.”‘

The HBO series The Staircase will stream on BINGE from May 5, 2022.

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine with Toni Collette on the cover

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine with Toni Collette on the cover 

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