with JANE HARBER OFFSPRING
ON THE eve of its launch last year, Offspring was considered a risky venture. But the doubters were silenced when Offspring attracted such a strong following it was commissioned for a second season. One of the keys to its success is Jane Harber, who brings humour and attitude to Offspring as midwife Zara. Offspring? Who makes you laugh? A. I am wetting my pants on set most days. Some of the scenes at the nurses’ station with Asher ( Keddie), Deb ( Mailman) and Alicia ( Gardiner) have had me in fits of laughter. Richard ( Davies) is hilarious to work with. There isn’t a person who doesn’t make me laugh.
Q. What was the on-set reaction to Asher Keddie winning her silver Logie? A.
From memory, only one person had a tantrum. But Eddie Perfect is like that. He’s always, ‘‘ Why does Asher get all the accolades?’’ Everyone else was incredibly supportive.
Q. How would you describe the set of Q. Why do you think the first season proved successful and how difficult is it to maintain that standard going into series two? A.
I think because the writers have found such a good balance between comedy and drama. The Proudman family is wonderfully dysfunctional. All characters are quirky and eccentric, yet totally relatable.
Q. Your character Zara adds real spice to proceedings. Was it an easy role to win? A.
I guess it’s impossible to know what producers are looking for. I was just thrilled when I got the part.
Q. Do you see much of yourself in Zara? A.
I think I’d like to be a little more like Zara. I love that she can speak her mind. I guess I have more of a filter.
Q. Have you a firm idea on what makes Zara highly sexed? A.
A lot of that has been in Nina’s mind, so I guess that’s a question for her.
Q. Zara’s happy to mix work with pleasure. Does that land her in trouble at all in season two? A.
Zara lands herself in some interesting situations. You get to see a different side to her.
Q. How confident are you filming the intimate stuff? A.
The cast and crew are very supportive, which makes it a lot easier.