Asher set to spread her wings
Offspring star Asher Keddie believes the time is right to take on a new challenge, writes Colin Vickery
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.