23-year-old actress Geraldine Viswanathan, from Newcastle in NSW, had her breakthrough role in comedy film Blockers and returns to TV in Miracle Workers (starts Wed., Feb. 13 at 6pm AEDT; Stan. Watch the trailer below).
In Miracle Workers, Heaven is just like any other office and God (Steve Buscemi) is a grumpy, bored boss.
I thought it was so smart and funny. I love [creator and former Saturday Night Live writer] Simon Rich’s comedic voice so much, and his outlook on the world is really fun and uplifting. When I read the script, I was completely blown away and like, “I don’t know if I’m going to be a part of this but I’m happy they’re making this.”
The premise makes total sense and begs the question: why haven’t we seen this idea before?
Totally. It’s not a religious parody or making a comment on God or Heaven. It’s really just a workplace comedy. It asks “what if?”
Your character, Eliza, teams up with another Heaven worker, Craig, played by Daniel Radcliffe, to save Earth. How was it working with him?
It did feel pretty surreal to be doing scenes and working alongside him. [I met him] at a chemistry read, and he put me at ease because it was the most nervous I’ve been. He just made it fun.
How would you sum up Eliza?
She is really headstrong and confident, and goes before she thinks, which is the opposite of Craig. When they come together as a team, it really works and they just have to maintain the balance.