Nobody plays a bad girl like Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The 41-year-old actor and mother of two made a name for herself starring as a man-eating home wrecker on Neighbours 13 years ago. Now, she’s returning to the small screen as Peter Brock’s mistress, Julie Bamford, in the Network Ten telemovie Brock. Is she worried about being typecast as the other woman? “I wasn’t afraid of that. People might think it now [though], now that you’ve mentioned it,” she laughs.
When Bassingthwaighte met Bamford, who had a 15-year affair with Brock and spent the last two years of his life with him, she felt an instant connection: “We hit it off. Getting to know her, I felt like I was supposed to play her.” Because of the synergy between them, Bassingthwaighte admits she did feel a degree of pressure at stepping into the role. “You want to get to the truth and do it justice,” she
says. “It was important to get to the essence of who she is and what their relationship was about.”
For Bassingthwaighte, getting to the truth meant showing the depth of Bamford’s personality. “I think she copped a lot of the flak. I guess that’s what happens when you’re the other woman,” says the actor. “I hope for Julie that [the audience] get another insight into her personality. She is very sweet and lovely.”
While she’s not afraid of playing a mistress onscreen, Bassingthwaighte is anxious about her husband, drummer Cameron Mcglinchey, watching some of her intimate scenes with Matt Le Nevez, who plays Brock. “I’m nervous to show my husband the love scene,” she laughs. Nerves aside, she’s looking forward to the two-part show going to air. “Peter Brock’s story is one that we all think we know. But everyone’s going to find out even more. It’s fast-paced and high-action. People are going to love it.” Brock premieres at 8.30pm, Sunday, October 9, and concludes at 9pm, Monday, October 10, on Network Ten.