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kids in tow. “I’ll feel a lit­tle strange. Like I lost my right arm. I’ll be like, ‘ What am I miss­ing?’ And my hand lug­gage will be that bit lighter with­out all the snacks to keep them go­ing.”

BROOKE WEARS Zara top and skirt, zara.com/ au; Petite Grand neck­lace, pe­tite­grand.com; (op­po­site) Paris Ge­or­gia dress, paris­ge­or­gia­s­tore.com (from top) Brooke Satch­well in her lat­est TV se­ries

Mr In­be­tween

with writer and co-star Scott Ryan; in 2001 with Steve Bis­ley in Wa­ter Rats; win­ning the Lo­gie for Most Pop­u­lar New Tal­ent in 1998.

I have to say?’ I re­ally love it when I have the op­por­tu­nity to go into other lay­ers, where it’s not all on the page, and de­liver in a way that is less tan­gi­ble.”

Satch­well’s ex­pe­ri­ence ful­fill­ing the re­quire­ments of com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion is some­thing she talks about frankly; she ad­mits jug­gling the com­plex­ity of sec­ondary stud­ies with her work on Neigh­bours was in­tense. “I was do­ing five hours a day round trip in a taxi to get be­tween school, home and work, and work­ing 80-hour weeks, and get­ting tu­tored on the week­ends. That’s an ex­ces­sive work­load for any­one.”

But the de­mands that came with her early ca­reer also put her in good stead when she went to Los An­ge­les in Au­gust, with Edger­ton and the rest of the cast, to launch the show state­side. “I was able to nav­i­gate it fairly eas­ily,” Satch­well re­calls. “Peo­ple were look­ing at me go­ing, ‘ What are these se­cret Jedi skills you have?’ I was trained from a young age.”

on­esty is maybe Satch­well’s most defin­ing trait – and she is just as frank when asked to dis­cuss the sen­si­tive is­sue of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. In 2007, her former boyfriend Matthew New­ton pleaded guilty to a charge of as­sault against her, but the con­vic­tion was quashed on ap­peal; in 2011, he would face charges of breach­ing an ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der taken out by his ex­part­ner Rachael Tay­lor. The charges were dropped af­ter New­ton agreed to com­ply with a men­tal-health treat­ment plan. More re­cently, New­ton stepped down from di­rect­ing the Jes­sica Chas­tain film Eve af­ter a furore erupted over his al­leged his­tory of vi­o­lence against women.

Given the na­ture of those head­lines and the wider dis­cus­sions around a host of top­ics af­fect­ing women, it is only nat­u­ral to want Satch­well’s take. For starters, she points out, the na­ture of the chat­ter has changed sig­nif­i­cantly in the decade since her case.

“I think in the early stages it was all about out­rage, and ev­ery­one be­ing hor­ri­fied, but the con­ver­sa­tion didn’t nec­es­sar­ily progress into what it meant, or what could help shift and change peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing and how peo­ple can be­come so en­trapped in sit­u­a­tions,” she says, adding that now “there are peo­ple like Rosie Batty speak­ing very pub­licly. I chose not to do that at an early stage, be­cause I found that peo­ple were get­ting rad­i­cally dis­tracted by the whos, rather than the whats – and the peo­ple specif­i­cally in­volved in my sit­u­a­tion. It wasn’t the point, re­ally. [It should have been] a dis­cus­sion about the be­hav­iour. So I didn’t think it was help­ful.”

Satch­well re­mains open to an­swer­ing ques­tions on the sub­ject. It’s just that do­ing so can feel awk­ward, de­pend­ing on the con­text. “I’m pro­mot­ing a tele­vi­sion show and I know I’m go­ing to be asked. I’m only in­ter­ested in be­ing hon­est, which is why I re­spond, but it is tricky to be try­ing to shoe­horn a con­ver­sa­tion like this into a con­ver­sa­tion about a tele­vi­sion show. But there’s def­i­nitely a con­ver­sa­tion to be had, and I whole­heart­edly sup­port that and in the right ca­pac­ity, am more than will­ing to be in­volved.” Mr In­be­tween pre­mieres 8.30pm, Mon­day Oc­to­ber 1, on Foxtel’s Show­case.

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