A BRUTALLY HONEST GEORGIE PARKER TELLS WHY SHE’S JOINED SOAP HOME AND AWAY
Georgie Parker has returned to a regular role after five years, writes
G EORGIE Parker is back and as brutally honest as ever. Soon after news broke that the Gold Logie winner was returning to TV in her first regular role since 2005, she became a target of cynicism when it was discovered her three-year contract was with Yes, gasp, a soap. But the 46-year-old veteran of stage and the small screen feels there’s no cringe-factor in working on the show.
The show does its genre really well,’’ a defiant Parker says from her Sydney home.
The face of retail chain Katies, a four-time Logie winner and one of the most-loved stars on Australian TV, what she isn’t is a snob.
I am not an elite actor and I don’t act for other actors or critics,’’ Parker says.
It’s a job I love to do and it’s how I support my family. It’s as simple as that.
Yes, it’s a soap, but it’s been going for 23 years and I love the way it does soap extremely well.’’
Parker’s interest in
Home and Away.
Home and Away
followed an approach from Channel 7’s head of drama, John Holmes, and the show’s executive producer, Cameron Welsh. Then came the sales No snob: Georgie Parker with her
Home and Away
father Ray Meagher. pitch from friend and
co-host Jay Laga’aia, who joined the series this year.
The fun, camaraderie and the routine’’ of belonging to a series is what former
regular Parker had been missing.
It was 2005 when she said goodbye to the cast and crew of in which she played nurse Terri Sullivan.
She then made sporadic appearances on the small screen in telemovies including
and as well as two episodes of Seven’s
She was happy enough’’ with bit parts.
Five years earlier it had been her favourite role, playing reallife mum to daughter Holly, that pulled her away from regular TV work.
Ironically, it’s her now 10-year-old’s interest in
that has helped bring Parker back.
My daughter had switched on to a couple of episodes and had developed a crush on Hugo, played by the lovely Bernard Curry,’’ Parker says.
She’d never seen a popular drama like that. She’s more into fantasy stuff. But she really enjoyed watching the real-life stories and people with problems. So I started watching it then and discovered the crew were a lot of the people I’d worked with on and even some from I actually couldn’t be more excited and of course my daughter is too.’’
Just don’t bother her with all that mother/ guilt stuff. I don’t have any guilt about working,’’ Parker says.
It’s life. I am
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‘‘ home enough of the time. My daughter and I have a great relationship. She’s a great person who has a wonderful father (Steve Worland) who is a screenwriter and doesn’t have to go out to work. She has never been anxious about me leaving her (to go to work) and I love to be able to provide for my family in this way.’’
If there are nerves, they’re caused by the prospect of being on a set swarming with gorgeous teenagers in front of high-definition cameras. I amnot an elite actor and I don’t act for other actors
HD technology and being surrounded by 17-year-olds makes me inhale and pause before I walk on set,’’ she jokes. But I was 24 when I started and about to turn 46, who am I kidding? It’s guaranteed we’ll all age.’’
Leaving at the age of 40, she admits, was a gamble at what can be a tricky time for actresses’’.
But I’m not a glamorous person. I don’t get about in high heels or go out to the opening of a door.
I didn’t lose much by getting older because I didn’t push my youth. I have relied on my personality and that goes with you when you age.’’
Sharing her storylines with the show’s old master, reigning Gold Logie winner, Ray Meagher, is the cherry on top for Parker. I want to bring my Logies in so they can mate with his,’’ she says with a laugh. He’s just absolutely wonderful to work with.’’
Home and Away,
Channel 7, weeknights, 7pm