So, when all these years later, Lewis (unrecognisable from his Neville Longbottom days) was forged reverse Matafeo as her romantic counterpart within the charismatic Kiwi rom-com Child Accomplished, she knew she needed to confront her little geek-out second.
“I confirmed him the picture, I needed to dig it up from a pal,” Matafeo advised information.com.au over Zoom. “I confirmed it to him, and he was deeply entertained. We each regarded hilarious.
“I had a military coat on, rocking out my 13-year-old self, it was deeply embarrassing but it surely was an vital a part of my historical past, and his historical past as properly. I needed to handle that.”
As anticipated, Lewis didn’t bear in mind the fleeting encounter – “After all he didn’t bear in mind me, however he did bear in mind the highest that he was sporting, a jacket that had a T-shirt connected. It was 2005, vogue was completely different.”
Uncowed by her as soon as fangirling self – “I’m an grownup lady now, and cooler than I presumably was at 13” – Matafeo shortly turned work associates with “regular man” Lewis.
And so they needed to, contemplating the on-screen journey their characters had to absorb Child Accomplished, a young, humorous and, relying in your views in direction of parenthood, triggering movie.
It was written by Sophie Henderson, directed by Curtis Vowell and counts amongst its producers, Taika Waititi. Co-stars embody Kiwi comedy stars Madeleine Sami, Rachel Home and Emily Barclay.
Matafeo’s Zoe is a 20-something arborist with goals of creating it to the Tree Climbing Championships in Canada. Throughout her, mates are coming out infants whereas Zoe seems to be on with extreme disinterest – she needs to journey and do issues, clutching onto her silver fern passport prefer it’s a lifeline.
When she and companion Tim (Lewis) finds themselves unexpectedly pregnant, and slightly far alongside, Zoe has one thing of a breakdown. A child wasn’t on the playing cards. In no way.
So Zoe begins to do the whole lot to show that she’s nonetheless “her”, which features a hold-your-bladder-hilarious scene involving some molly.
Although she doesn’t have children, has “completely” no plans to have children anytime quickly and “can’t stand” child showers, taking over the position didn’t faze Matafeo, who nonetheless discovered Zoe’s state of affairs relatable.
“As a result of I do know what it’s wish to have nervousness and freak out completely over a state of affairs,” Matafeo stated. “I used to be like ‘oh, I can faucet into that for certain with this character’.
“I feel lots of people can relate to lots of that, which is mainly anybody who’s freaked out about huge life-changing selections occurring to them. It’s a little bit of a freak-out about your identification.”
Zoe’s denial of her state of affairs is an unusual display screen trait – TV and flicks are likely to painting would-be moms as excited and blissful. Solely now are the numerous experiences of latest moms being explored.
Matafeo cherished that Child Accomplished was a film that challenged the norm of how we have a tendency to consider motherhood.
“I’m amazed that it’s nonetheless such a prevalent expectation of girls, that it’s their perform in society,” she stated. “And likewise, the expectation that every one pregnancies are the identical and that every one individuals react to it in the identical means.
“Zoe reacts to it in an extremely excessive means, which I’ve now realised is one thing many individuals relate to as a result of that’s precisely the identical factor that they went by.
“There are such a lot of superb, robust girls in your life, they usually have robust personalities and simply because they undergo this, it’s not like they cease being themselves.
“I feel it’s only a sh*t factor how society places them right into a class of ‘oh, sure, you have been this lady, however now you’re a pregnant lady’. After which after that ‘you’re a mom, and that’s your position’.
“Motherhood is so many issues and there’s nobody path to it. That’s one thing that basically isn’t represented a lot in movies. In order that’s a very cool factor about this movie.
“It’s a film for the entire household to take pleasure in, and notably if you wish to check somebody, determining if they need children or not – a deep, confronting dialog after the film at dinner!”
Child Accomplished is Matafeo’s first lead position, touchdown the half after serving to Henderson workshop the script throughout the writing stage.
She had beforehand been in supporting elements or as a part of ensembles in exhibits together with Squinters and Humorous Ladies and movie The Breaker Upperers. She’s been doing stand-up comedy since she was 15 years outdated, taking her exhibits all over the world and even has an HBO particular.
All through lockdown, she crocheted a jumper, made too many pineapple and coconut buns, learnt a Janet Jackson dance and retaught herself the ukulele and the mandolin.
She promised she gained’t inflict her mandolin taking part in on an unsuspecting viewers, however that her ukulele abilities are “truly OK”.
One other lately acquired ability was tree climbing, due to Zoe’s arboreal ambitions.
“I’ve a new-found respect for arborists,” she recounted, after sharing the best she went up a tree was 15 or 20 metres up. “We needed to learn to climb timber, I correctly climbed some timber. I even know the sort of arborist trousers it’s a must to put on.
“We had some actual arborists within the scene the place we had the tree climbing champs. It was very nerve wracking having to be up in a tree and all these arborists are watching and being like ‘she will be able to’t climb, that’s not actual’.
“By no means met a extra passionate group of people that have been so obsessed with their craft. They love timber they usually love being arborists.”
Perhaps she’s not giving herself sufficient credit score as a result of Matafeo appeared fairly obsessed with engaged on Child Accomplished.
“It was full-on, I used to be basically in each scene, and in each capturing day, for a whole movie. On the someday that I wasn’t on, I nonetheless got here to set to see it as a result of I missed everybody. It was like I had Stockholm syndrome.”