Kat Ste­wart

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - COLIN VICKERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Asher Ked­die’s Nina Proud­man has been the one go­ing through all the emo­tional tur­moil in past sea­sons of Off­spring.

But this year Nina’s sis­ter, Bil­lie, played by Kat Ste­wart, has had to en­dure a heart­break­ing split with hus­band Mick (Ed­die Perfect).

Bil­lie’s roller­coaster life has show­cased Ste­wart’s comedic and dra­matic tal­ents like never be­fore. No won­der many crit­ics be­lieve she is the best actor on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion.

Ste­wart and hus­band David White­ley have two chil­dren, Archie, 5, and 18-month-old daugh­ter Ge­or­gia.

Bil­lie Proud­man has been through the wringer this year. She has had to start from scratch again. I re­ally ad­mire the fact she was so proac­tive and called it (quits) when it came to Mick even though it was heart­break­ing.

How hard was it for Bil­lie to bring that re­la­tion­ship with Mick to an end? I still be­lieve that if Bil­lie and Mick were in the same city, they would still be to­gether. They are soul­mates even though there have al­ways been plenty of ob­sta­cles. I think he will al­ways be the great love of her life. I’d never heard the term “sex wall” un­til Bil­lie started dat­ing post-Mick. It was a new con­cept to me, too. Ev­i­dently I’ve been out of circulation for a long time. I get to live vi­car­i­ously through my char­ac­ters with­out hav­ing to ac­tu­ally go there in real life.

Bil­lie didn’t put too many bricks in the wall be­fore she met Dan (Jeremy Lind­say Tay­lor). What’s the at­trac­tion? Bil­lie had made a point of fright­en­ing off her dates so they don’t fall in love with her but when she did that with Dan he raised the stakes so it be­came a kind of twisted game. She is com­pletely in­trigued by this po­ten­tially un­hinged man. I can’t tell you how much fun that has been to play.

I thought you were un­der­utilised on Off­spring last sea­son. Has this sea­son been more sat­is­fy­ing? Last sea­son was a lit­tle bit of a blur just be­cause Gigi (Ge­or­gia) was so lit­tle and I was run­ning be­tween the van and set breast­feed­ing. I felt busy enough. This sea­son I’ve been able to con­cen­trate on work which has been lovely and they have given me such great stuff

to play with.

What are the chances of an eighth sea­son of Off­spring? I’m very fa­tal­is­tic about these things. I al­ways as­sume each sea­son is our last and any­thing else is a pleas­ant sur­prise. In tonight’s sea­son fi­nale they (the Proud­mans) are left in a good place. I don’t think this is a job I could ever say no to be­cause I love it so much. But I’m as­sum­ing that’s (tonight’s fi­nale) it (the end).

WATCH OFF­SPRING, TEN, TONIGHT, 8.30PM

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