I’ve never nipped, tucked or jabbed
Lisa McCune talks Botox, Logies and footy
There’s something unique about Lisa McCune and it’s not just her ability to win Logie awards (10 and counting).
At 46, the beloved Australian actor can do something many of her co-stars cannot: move her forehead. And that’s just how she intends to keep it. For now.
“I think it’s wonderful to get older. It’s life, isn’t it?” McCune tells Switched On.
“I don’t want to go Botoxing my face to try and stay looking 30 and then have a wrinkly neck. I’ve never nipped, tucked or jabbed, but who knows, if anything ever bothered me enough I probably would.”
It’s an attitude that separates her from many of her peers and most of The Real Housewives, with the former Blue Heelers favourite seeing a long-term benefit to her stand.
“I will be getting all the 50-year-old roles when all the other 50-year-olds are looking 30,” McClune gloats.
After a stint on stage, the fourtime Gold Logie winner returns in her latest TV role this week in new ABC dramedy The Warriors.
Created by Tony Briggs ( The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly ( Paper Planes, Barracuda), the series sees McCune as the only female in a male cast that includes All Saints’ John Howard, Underbelly’s Vince Colosimo, and newcomer Gordon Churchill (scouted for his first acting gig in the Kimberley community of Warnum).
The story centres around a fictional AFL club, where McCune plays the team’s two-phone toting media manager, who refuses to wear anything but high heels, even on the footy field.
“I do totter next to the boys, and they’re still taller than me [even with heels on].”
Lunch breaks on set meant McCune would be “sandwiched between these boys whose shoulders were twice the width of mine”, she says.
The Warriors is her first fulltime foray back into television drama since the disastrous Reef Doctors in 2013 (pulled from prime time on Ten after just two episodes).
She has found greater success since in musicals, earning sizzling reviews for a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, alongside her real-life partner, Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
While proud of her early TV career, playing police officer Maggie Doyle on Seven’s Blue Heelers made her a household name, she had to beg devoted fans to let her move on to other roles.
Not before they had voted to load her up with Logies, which lived for a long time “in a suitcase”, only recently displaying them on a shelf in her study.
“They age differently, like they’re all made of different things. One of my Golds is really tarnished, and I think someone spray-painted the silver one. The others have stayed really gold and gleaming,” McCune says.
With the red carpet set to be rolled out for another industry prize night on April 23, the actor has expressed disappointment Lisa Wilkinson has not been nominated for a Gold Logie.
“I want Lisa Wilkinson to win a Gold Logie. I think we probably need to get Lisa up there,” McCune says. “I’m going to have to start doing a bit of a campaign.” WATCH THE WARRIORS, ABC, WEDNESDAY, 9.30PM
“I don’t want to go Botoxing my face to try and stay looking 30 ”
L I SA McCUNE DOESN’T MIND GETTING OLD