REVEALS THE HEARTBREAK FACING HIS CHARACTER JIMMY THIS SEASON
DARKER DAYS Actor Richard Davies reveals the heartbreak facing his character Jimmy in upcoming episodes.
immy Proudman is in a bad place right now and it’s only going to get darker. He has split with wife Zara, the mother of their two kids, and betrayed his half-brother Will by kissing Will’s ex Kerry and almost having sex with her.
These events have led the Uber driver into a negative spiral that has seen him veer far away from the optimistic, carefree little brother we’ve come to know and love. “He tries his absolute best but … he does love [Zara, played by Jane Harber] and he loves his family and when he can feel some of that in jeopardy, it really does send him to a darker place that I haven’t tapped into in other seasons as an actor,” says his portrayer Richard Davies. “So it’s been really exciting to have this rich, deep material to just come to set and jump into.”
Not only does Jimmy have his marriage to repair but his nearmiss with Kerry (Ash Ricardo) means that he is carrying a lot of guilt about what he nearly did with the woman Will (TJ Power) still loves. If Will finds out what happened — and almost happened — it could destroy the brothers’ friendship.
“When Will first came onto the scene [when he was revealed in season six as Darcy’s son from an affair] Jimmy was the only one who kept him at arm’s length until they realised they were really good buddies and now they’re two of the closest people in the family, I think,” explains Davies.
“This sort of stuff is enough to break both of their hearts because of how Will feels about Kerry and Jimmy for what he’s done. I think there’s a lot of stuff to repair and hopefully fix after all that stuff.”
Even though Jimmy is struggling right now, Davies says it’s a natural progression for his character who has gone from carefree to responsible dad. Now Jimmy must draw on his innate optimism if he has any hope of working things out with Zara.
“In the first few seasons Jimmy was sort of like a leaf blowing in the breeze, like really happy to be wherever the wind took him and make the most of every situation — life was this huge adventure. “Then when he met Zara and had two little boys he had to grow roots and stay in the one spot they planted and be responsible financially and emotionally and be dependable.
“Now with this season he’s facing a whole new set of hurdles but when he was courting Zara in between all that he was sort of like a bouncy ball. He had to keep coming back because their relationship was so different. relationships have all fallen apart. It’s not just Jimmy and Zara and Will and Kerry who have separated, Billie (Kat Stewart) has broken up with her husband Mick (Eddie Perfect) as well.
“Usually Jimmy and Zara, even though it’s not been the most orthodox of relationships, they’ve actually, funnily enough, really worked for years until now,” Davies explains. “And Mick and Billie have had their ups and downs but there’s been incredible passion there. Nina’s had some horrible things happen and so it’s good to see when sometimes she is happy.” and was directed by other friend Matilda Brown.
“That was so much fun, we just laughed our asses off filming that and I think the editors did a very good job to find stuff in between all the laughter so I can’t wait for that to get released.”
So in true Offspring style it seems there are plenty of tears, laughs, hope and heartbreak to come. And fans will likely feel the same way about watching this season as Davies did about making it. “It’s like getting on a nice favourite T-shirt that you love and haven’t found for a few weeks,” he says. J
ZARA OFFSPRING WEDNESDAYS AT 8.30PM ON TEN I think he had to be positive and keep on realising how much he loves her and just keep on trying.”In the first half of this season of Offspring there has been a slight tonal shift in the storylines with Nina’s (Asher Keddie) romantic life going strong for once while her siblings’Despite agreeing that Nina has been more optimistic this year Davies does warn it might not stay that way — “There’s a whole season to come,” he says. But even though it’s impossible to predict what might befall Jimmy, Nina and Billie in upcoming episodes, fans will be able to enjoy an expandedOffspring universe in a new web series called St Francis.“They’re five very short absurd webisodes that are set at St Francis Hospital [where Nina and her colleagues work],” says Davies of the online show that features co-stars Jane Harber, Lucy Gardner (Nurse Kim) and his mate Dave Lawson The Offspring cast including Davies (far right). He says there are several changes in characters’ relationships this year.