CATHERINE Mack has what many women would think is the best job on television.
The Aussie actor gets to romance River Boy hunk Darryl ‘‘ Brax’’ Braxton (Steve Peacocke) on Home and Away.
Mack plays counsellor Natalie Davison on the Channel 7 soapie.
The romance between Natalie and Brax is complicated. Natalie is helping Brax’s brother Casey cope in the wake of shooting dad Danny during an armed robbery gone wrong.
Mack’s Home and Away role comes after a swag of guest parts — Winners & Losers, Blue Heelers, Neighbours — over the past decade.
Finish this sentence: ‘‘Romancing Steve Peacocke is . . .’’
Great. We’re always laughing. The romance between Natalie and Brax shows a different side to Steve’s character.
There are a few dark twists and turns that come up that make Brax not have that flirty relationship he had with (former girlfriend) Charlie (Esther Anderson). It’s not that they’re courting. They’re thrown together.
Howhave female fans reacted to the romance and the kissing scenes?
Some of them have turned. Sometimes they’re like, ‘Ooh, you get to kiss Brax. Bitch!’ Women love him. They don’t hold back, that’s for sure.
I hear there are some Outback scenes coming up, shot around the Flinders Ranges.
Yes. Natalie and Brax go on a rescue mission. I can’t say much but it is very different to Summer Bay. We spent a week there. It felt like a mini-film.
What do you make of Natalie?
Initially she comes on to the show just in her professional capacity and then you slowly see parts of her private life. She hasn’t had a whole lot of experience in her field but her work is her life.
You’ve done a degree in criminology. I guess that would come in handy dealing with the River Boys.
Ha. The reason I went to university was because my parents thought it would be a good idea. My mum is a criminologist so I’ve got a bit of that in my veins. I did a diploma of creative arts — acting and photography — at the same time. I find academia interesting but I was never passionate about it.
You came back from the US to take up the Home and Away role. What were you doing over there?
I was studying acting. I had just finished that when I got this role. I didn’t move over there to break into Hollywood. I’d always planned on coming back to Australia. Home and Away Channel 7, weeknights, 7pm