The Doctor Blake Mysteries
Were there any touchstones you used in portraying Rose? The note that I got from the producers is that she is quick on everything. They told me to watch His Girl Friday (1940 screwball comedy starring Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson) and said ‘I think you’re going to recognise her’. Rose has a similar confidence and hunger, as well as vulnerability. She is a terrier.
What is it like acting opposite Craig McLachlan? I’d worked with Craig before on House Husbands and he is notoriously jolly. He creates that environment on set for The Doctor Blake Mysteries. He has taught me so much about discipline. He has an expectation, rightfully so, that everyone else will be (prepared) as well. The reality is that the man works a 70-hour week (during filming). He’s in every scene and he never needs to do a second take. That means you can’t get away with being lazy.
Do you think critics underrate shows like The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries? There’s an inherent commitment to character and story on this show. You can’t figure it out as you go along. Every story and every bit of information in the script has to be delivered (correctly). Is it a clue? Is it a red herring? Everyone’s got to be across the whole picture and the actors step up to that.
For a time it looked like your acting future was in Hollywood but you’ve been working hard back here. Is a US career your plan? I came back from Los Angeles in May. I’d been there for nine months. I didn’t get a chance to use the scholarship before that. I didn’t know what to expect. I’m still auditioning for roles there and I’m going back for pilot season.
THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES, ABC, FRIDAY, 8.30PM