Q& A

with JANE HARBER OFF­SPRING

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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.

Off­spring, TDT, Mon­days, 8.30pm

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