Michala Banas

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A rel­a­tive vet­eran of game shows, Michala Banas has a crack at ex­per­i­men­tal new game show Be­have Your­self, hosted by Dar­ren McMullen. It was a no-brainer for the ac­tor who is in be­tween big gigs … for now.

How did you go on Be­have Your­self? I haven’t seen it, be­cause I’m not in the coun­try. I’m dy­ing to see how it all came to­gether in the end. When you film those things you sort of have no idea. You just have a good time and do the best you can. I had a blast, I did three episodes, quite a mixed bag of peo­ple to play and work with. I’ve worked with Dar­ren a cou­ple of times be­fore, and I love Lawrence Mooney, I think he’s hi­lar­i­ous.

The first episode copped some neg­a­tiv­ity on Twit­ter, do you think that was fair? I think we can be a lit­tle hasty some­times, a lit­tle trig­ger­happy when it comes to passing judge­ment on things. I’ve got a rule, my­self, where I al­ways give some­thing three episodes, any new show be­fore I make a de­ci­sion on how I feel about it. Af­ter that, you’re in or you’re out. I don’t know that it makes a huge im­pact, but I’m not an exec, so I don’t know.

Twit­ter isn’t known for be­ing a pos­i­tive place … I also think that with shows like this, there’s dif­fer­ent peo­ple each week, so maybe they didn’t like those peo­ple to­gether, or not every­one likes me, so they might watch an episode that I’m in and say, ‘ugh, I don’t like her’, or some peo­ple do like me, you know what I mean? Maybe they just didn’t like the mix of peo­ple on that episode but you can’t oblit­er­ate a show af­ter one night. Have You Been Pay­ing At­ten­tion? is a big hit now, but took quite a while to catch on. Shows like this have to build their au­di­ence. We have no idea what the show is, we have to work out how to do it.

Which do you pre­fer, play­ing a char­ac­ter or be­ing your­self? Ul­ti­mately, I’d rather pre­tend to be some­one else. But if that’s not hap­pen­ing, I’m pre­pared to be my­self.

Will we see Am­ber from Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan again? Not at this stage, it’s quite tricky to get the cast avail­able at the same time. Patrick Bram­mall, Glenn Rob­bins, Robyn Nevin, some very tal­ented peo­ple who work a lot. I’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed that there will be more Am­ber be­cause she is one of the favourite roles I’ve played. Spin-off Christ­mas spe­cial? Let’s write some let­ters.

There’s talk of a McLeod’s Daugh­ters re­u­nion … There’s been a lit­tle bit of McLeod’s catch­ing up lately. You forge these friend­ships and some last a long time. Do you like how am­bigu­ous I’m be­ing?

WATCH BE­HAVE YOUR­SELF, SEVEN, TUES­DAYS, 7.30PM

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