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Just as her char­ac­ter Chelsea Bab­bage is com­ing out of her shell this sea­son, Wanted star Geral­dine Hakewill also got to shake things up while film­ing.

The Chan­nel 7 drama took the show on the road to film its open­ing scenes on the colour­ful streets of Bangkok, where David, the on-screen son of Hakewill’s co-star Re­becca Gib­ney, was be­ing held hostage.

While film­ing was “fast and fu­ri­ous”, Hakewill says there was time to en­joy the nightlife.

“Charles Cot­tier [who plays David] and I ended up in a drag show one night,” she says.

“Down­stairs at our ho­tel, there was this amaz­ing bar, so we waltzed in. There were guys there from [US re­al­ity se­ries] RuPaul’s Drag Race and we did karaoke and all sorts of things … but we had been work­ing pretty hard. It was fast and fu­ri­ous, shoot­ing in the mid­dle of the city, so that was men­tal.”

Her char­ac­ter has come a long way since sea­son one, when the ac­coun­tant — on the run with Gib­ney’s Lola Buck­ley — “was very fright­ened of the world around her and very in­se­cure about her place in it”.

“It was re­ally ex­cit­ing for me read­ing the [lat­est] scripts and see­ing how much she changes and how brave Chelsea re­ally is.”


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