Anna McGa­han

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - BY COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies

be­tween them.

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

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