Three’s company in actor Christie Whelan Browne’s home
ON her bedside table, the actor keeps a copy of Zoe Foster Blake’s fourth novel, The Wrong Girl. She read it while on tour in Perth about four years ago as a remedy to feeling lonely. In one of life’s quirky twists, Whelan Browne is now playing the character of Nikkii Steadman in Channel 10’s hit adaptation of the book (Wednesdays at 8.30pm)
For Whelan Browne, the book is a reminder of how life can deliver wonderful things. She described being part of The Wrong Girl as one of “the best work experiences I’ve ever had”.
Whelan Browne is married to actor Rohan Browne and the couple, who find spending time at home precious, live in Heidelberg. She is in rehearsal for the Melbourne Theatre Company’s The Odd Couple and he is playing the lead role in Dainty Group’s tour of Singin’ in the Rain.
Typical Saturday morning
If we are not working, we start the day with a cup of tea and Rohan plays his records. He loves to be surrounded by music, so mornings are always filled with him playing his records. He’s got lots of them.
On my bedside table
Perfumes, jewellery, a lamp and my copy of The Wrong Girl. Its placement is not contrived or staged — it serves as a reminder of how tough times can turn into wonderful times.
Secret domestic skill
My life is now spent picking white cat hair off everything I own. The other day I pulled out of my vacuum an amount of hair that could have become a new cat.
Chicken stir-fry. I cook food that I grew up with. It’s pretty simple; there are not a lot of spices. I have the tastebuds of a five-year-old child!
Ideal night in
Rohan cooking us dinner and having friends over. We love having a dinner party at home. Luckily, Rohan is a great cook. We also love to get into a good TV series and snuggle up in bed and watch it and eat snacks.