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