Re­becca Breeds

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - TIFFANY DUNK NA­TIONAL TV EDITOR

Af­ter de­part­ing Home and Away in 2012, Re­becca Breeds and her hus­band Luke Mitchell took a chance and moved to LA.

And both landed well and truly on their feet, hav­ing worked steadily in pop­u­lar US TV shows in­clud­ing Pretty Lit­tle Liars and The Orig­i­nals (Breeds) and The To­mor­row Peo­ple and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Mitchell). But when the role of Molly Mel­drum’s fi­ancée Camille in minis­eries Molly came her way, Breeds was keen to re­turn Down Un­der.

You’ve been work­ing in LA for a few years now. What led to your de­ci­sion to re­turn? This was the first Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion pro­ject I’ve au­di­tioned for since Home and Away. It was a re­ally fun ex­pe­ri­ence putting down the au­di­tion tape. I felt re­ally good about it … and then didn’t hear any­thing for a month and a half and I com­pletely for­got about it. Out of nowhere I woke up to an email say­ing, “You got the role”. It was so ex­cit­ing. And what a tremen­dous way for me to rein­tro­duce my­self back into the Aus­tralian in­dus­try.

Is it un­usual not to have a chem­istry test with your love in­ter­est — in this case Sa­muel John­son — be­fore land­ing this kind of role? Yes! When we went to the first ta­ble read I was sat next to Sam. I’d never met him be­fore and we have some pretty se­ri­ous con­tent, some real in­ti­mate stuff. Af­ter­wards we had a lit­tle chat. We were like, “Nice to meet you,” and then he crosses his arms and says to me, “How old are you?” And I said “I’m 28.” He gave this huge sigh of re­lief be­cause I look a lot younger than I am and he’s in his 30s. He felt like he was be­ing a bit in­ap­pro­pri­ate — he was ter­ri­fied! What was that ta­ble read like? It was the most ex­cit­ing ta­ble read I’ve ever been to. Sam’s up on the ta­ble singing and danc­ing, he was al­ready Molly and Molly was Sam. They’re two faces of the same coin in a lot of ways those two boys.

Did you meet the woman your char­ac­ter is based on? No. She’s this full-on mys­tery. My dad got me Molly’s bi­og­ra­phy for Christ­mas so I was scour­ing this book go­ing through ev­ery­thing try­ing to find her. And she wasn’t there that much but she was a re­ally big part of his life. But it was good be­cause it gave me a lot of cre­ative free­dom, I was like, “well I’m just go­ing to bring her to life.”

Do you and Luke plan to stay in Amer­ica for a while longer? Even­tu­ally we’re go­ing to want to have ba­bies and that’s re­ally help­ful to be near fam­ily. We’re lit­er­ally liv­ing our dreams and do­ing ev­ery­thing we wanted to do here. We check in with each other, “Are you still hav­ing fun, am I still hav­ing fun? Yep cool, let’s keep go­ing”. One day that might change. We might go some­where else. And we both miss home and long for home.

MOLLY, SEVEN, SUN­DAY, 8.30PM

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