Asher set to spread her wings

Off­spring star Asher Ked­die be­lieves the time is right to take on a new chal­lenge, writes Colin Vick­ery

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ASHER Ked­die is ready to take on the world. The Lo­gie award win­ning ac­tor has con­quered Australia as Nina Proud­man in Off­spring and Ita But­trose in Pa­per Gi­ants: The Birth of Cleo.

Now it is time for Ked­die to spread her wings.

Pro­duc­ing her next TV project is one op­tion. Tak­ing on an over­seas act­ing role — most likely in the UK or US— is an­other pos­si­bil­ity.

Ked­die has seen peers Clau­dia Kar­van ( Spir­ited) and Lisa Mccune ( Reef Doc­tors) kick­start their own TV projects.

She has also seen Aussie ac­tors Jes­sica Marais, Brett Tucker and Jes­sica Mcnamee score ma­jor US TV roles in re­cent times — in Magic City, Mis­tresses and Scru­ples.

Up un­til now, Ked­die has been con­tent to stay lo­cal. Why wouldn’t you when you have a string of top-notch cred­its that in­clude Blanche d’alpuget in Hawke and Ju­lia Jack­son in Love My Way.

Ked­die reck­ons the time is ripe to take a chance — make a brave choice and chal­lenge her­self.

‘‘ I’m open to any­thing at the mo­ment,’’ Ked­die says. ‘‘ I’m just wait­ing for some­thing to pique my in­ter­est which is dif­fer­ent from Nina.

‘‘ I en­joy work­ing here (in Australia) but if Amer­ica or any other coun­try comes into play and there is an op­por­tu­nity to work over­seas, I will heartily em­brace it, if I feel the project is right and it ex­cites me.’’

‘‘ Pro­duc­ing is some­thing I’m think­ing about, too. I’m in­ter­ested in the whole film­mak­ing process. I’ve worked with such gen­er­ous pro­duc­ers over the past few years who have val­ued my creative in­put.’’

Maybe life is im­i­tat­ing art. Mak­ing brave choices is the theme of the third se­ries of Off­spring.

Nina is rap­tur­ously in love with medico Dr Pa­trick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez). That is a land­mark for a char­ac­ter well known for her roller-coaster ro­man­tic life.

Nina ended her re­la­tion­ship with pae­di­a­tri­cian Chris Havel (Don Hany) at the end of se­ries two. Ked­die re­veals that a third se­ries of Off­spring was no cer­tainty un­til a dis­cus­sion took place with ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers John Ed­wards and Imo­gen Banks.

‘‘ We did speak af­ter the sec­ond se­ries,’’ Ked­die says. ‘‘ I guess what we all felt was that if we were go­ing into a third (se­ries) it was im­por­tant that Nina evolves.

‘‘ We knew we had to push our­selves harder oth­er­wise let’s not do it. I re­ally wanted to see Nina stay in a re­la­tion­ship. That was a tricky thing be­cause the se­ries was devel-

Chal­lenge: Asher Ked­die (above) with

costar Matt Le Nevez and (right) with hus­band Jay Bowen.

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