ANNA Hutchison was more nervous about going barefaced in Wild Boys than shedding her clothes in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
Hutchison’s star-making turn in Underbelly as Allison Dine, the girlfriend of ’ 70s drug king-pin Terry Clark (Matthew Newton), in the 2008 crime drama made critics and audiences sit up and take notice of the fresh-faced Kiwi actor.
After the show, she was offered similar Aussie TV roles, but decided to do the US audition circuit instead. Until Wild Boys. Now starring in the Channel 7 bushranger drama, Hutchison is laying herself bare again.
She says with a laugh that she and co-star Zoe Ventoura were anxious when they were told that for their roles there would be no make-up other than a bit of ‘‘ Chapstick and some concealer’’.
Despite her trepidation, Hutchison is relishing her role as Emilia, daughter of the mayor, and challenges such as learning to ride a horse and handle a gun.
‘‘ I got offered a few parts (after Underbelly), but I really wanted to push myself and for me that was about going overseas,’’ she says.
‘‘ I wanted to go and do some auditions and see what was out there.
‘‘ But I really liked the idea of Wild Boys.