It’s certainly different from every other drama I’ve worked on. (laughs) You do sort of have to abandon all of that selfconsciousness you’ve built up as an adult.
That’s hard ... I watch kids in public, and I see them when they hear their favourite song playing in a shop, and they’re singing, not caring about the people around them. Now I finally get it! Because that’s what Play School is all about. You’re supposed to have that sense of being carefree …
So dish the dirt: who’s your favourite Play School toy? It’s hard to pick a favourite — I love all of them! But I think Jemima is pretty awesome. She’s a girl among many boys. I feel like in the scenarios her and I have been in, she’s called all the shots. So — respect!
Your speech at the Logies last year was great — is it nice knowing there are now Aboriginal kids in Australia that will be watching you on Play School, too? I think what is so lovely about being on Play School is it’s so diverse. It’s nice for little people to see different faces and make that connection with them; to see there’s nothing scary about difference.
Kids seem to take everyone at face value ... That’s true. And Play School has had such a great impact on so many people. Everyone who speaks about it has something nostalgic to say, and I see their face change as they talk about it. It will be lovely to hear about Aboriginal people — even young nonindigenous children — becoming adults and having fond memories of seeing someone like me on TV. Is that a bigheaded thing to say?
Not at all! I think it’s lovely. And with Play School celebrating its 50th anniversary it’s a particularly nice thought ... I’m so glad that the legacy is continuing after 50 years. It’s exciting. I can’t believe it’s my job!
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