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 ”


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