Early fears became a shear joy
SHE may shear like a pro on the show, but McLeod’s Daughters’ Michala Banas says she would be mortified if people actually saw a sheep after she’d been at it with a pair of clippers.
City girl Banas says working on McLeod’s for 3½ years made her appreciate country life and develop new skills — though shearing is not one of them.
‘‘They are pretty big. Some of them weigh more than I do,’’ she says of shearing sheep on the show.
‘‘It’s a lot harder than it looks. McLeod’s Daughters, PG Channel 9, Wednesday, 8.30pm Rural drama Duration: 1 hour
‘‘I am a big wuss. I cut one of the sheep I was shearing and I cried. I was terrible at it. I made a real mess.
‘‘Thankfully they used experts for the close-ups because if people saw what I had actually done to the sheep I would be highly embarrassed.
‘‘I was so scared of doing a lot of things when I started.
‘‘I can’t even drive a manual car. But I decided I had to really give it a go or else I would just hate it.’’
Banas says she has no idea how the rural drama will finish.
She completed filming her scenes as Kate Manfredi a few months before production on the eighth and final season of the series wrapped last November.
Since finishing work on the show Banas has travelled to LA to scout for future work before returning home to Melbourne.
Banas, whose father John Banas is the creator and writer of the hit drama City Homicide, is now following in her father’s footsteps and has been working on her own screenplay for a new eight-part TV comedy.
But Banas, who has been performing since she was two, says acting will always be her first love, so she is also keeping an eye out for new roles in television, film or theatre.
A role in City Homicide, however, is not on the cards.
‘‘There’s not a lot of nepotism going on unfortunately,’’ she says.
‘‘Without wanting to sound like a w---er, I’m just trying to find the right next step for me.
‘‘I’ve been pretty lucky so far.’’