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Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Q & A -

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.

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