Mi­randa Tapsell

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Play School

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!

PLAY SCHOOL, ABC KIDS, WEEK­DAYS 6AM, 9.30AM, 12.30PM, 3.30PM

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