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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.

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