Offspring fans have already had to cope with the death of Darcy Proudman (John Waters), the split between Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) and Leo Taylor (Patrick Brammall) and the shock revelation of love child Will Bowen (TJ Power).
Last week saw the arrival of St Francis’s flirtatious new director of education, Dr Angus Freeman (Dan Wylie). Now the hit Aussie drama is set for another newbie, rebellious teen Brody Jordan, played by 16-year-old Shannon Berry.
Brody is the daughter of Billie Proudman’s (Kat Stewart) estranged friend Stacey. Brody has spent time in foster care. She has been damaged by her mother’s neglect, does a runner and crashes into Billie’s world.
Brody has a tough exterior but I wonder whether you think that masks an underlying vulnerability. I found Brody so interesting. She’s confident and strong. She’s had to grow up quite fast. She’s completely reliant on herself. She is independent. What drew me in to the character was her running away to try and get away from something she hates, but she ends up finding something that she can fall in love with, which is Billie who is her motherly figure.
What is Brody running from? Brody has run away from her mum after a fight about Brody’s older boyfriend, but it is deeper than that. Her mum has filled her with false promises. She has taken her out of foster care, which Brody has been in most of her life while her mum has been in jail. When she is first reunited with her mum she is excited, thinking she’ll have a family, a connection with her mum that she has always wanted, but it doesn’t happen.
What is it about Billie that resonates with Brody? When she stumbles into Billie she doesn’t expect much of a connection but she finds everything that she has ever wanted — somebody who cares about her, who listens to her, and wants to protect her. She wants to make Billie proud. It is a mother-daughter connection that she has been searching for but couldn’t find with her own mum.
You’ve obviously had to do a lot of scenes with Kat and Asher. What has that been like? Working with Kat is amazing. As soon as I met her I knew we were going to get along. She is a caring and compassionate person. I look up to her so much. I instantly got that happy, kind nature from Kat so it was easy (to create the characters’ connection). Before I got there (first day on set) I was practising how I’d say hello to Asher. She is such an Australian icon. But she’s just a normal lovely person like anyone else. As soon as I met her I wasn’t scared or nervous.
OFFSPRING, CHANNEL 10, WEDNESDAY, 8.30PM