Early fears be­came a shear joy

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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.’’

New roles:

Michala Banas.

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