Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - / SHAN­NON MOL­LOY

This time a decade ago, Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte was jug­gling act­ing with a boom­ing mu­sic ca­reer. Could she be about to re­peat history?

It’s been years since she ap­peared on TV in char­ac­ter, and she put singing on hold a while ago, too. Re­al­ity shows and moth­er­hood took pri­or­ity.

In 2016, view­ers will see her as Julie Bam­ford — girl­friend of the late Peter Brock — in Net­work Ten’s telemovie about the rac­ing leg­end.

“It’s been a long time but act­ing is where my heart is and I’m so ex­cited,” she says.

Bass­ingth­waighte and Matthew Le Nevez, who stars as Brock, had a short time to get to know each other.

“We had a read-through and one day of re­hearsal … and sud­denly we had to play be­ing in love. It wasn’t easy but at the end of it I felt like I’d known (Matt) for years.”

A few months ago, Bass­ingth­waighte re­united with Rogue Traders for a cor­po­rate gig, and on New Year’s Eve they’ll per­form their first pub­lic con­cert in years. Is it a one-off? “We got in a re­hearsal room (re­cently) — the same one we re­hearsed in for the very first time. It felt very fa­mil­iar and really com­fort­able. It was awesome.” BROCK COMES TO CHAN­NEL 10 IN 2016

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