Love my way
The reigning queen of Australian TV is eager to embrace new and exciting opportunities, writes Colin Vickery
ASHER Keddie is ready to take on the world.
The Logie- award- winning actor has conquered Australia as Nina Proudman in Offspring and Ita Buttrose in Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Now it is time for Keddie to spread her wings.
Producing her next TV project is one option. Taking on an overseas acting role – most likely in the UK or US – is another possibility.
Keddie has seen peers Claudia Karvan ( Spirited) and Lisa Mccune ( Reef Doctors) kick- start their own TV projects.
She has also seen Aussie actors Jessica Marais, Brett Tucker and Jessica Mcnamee score major US TV roles in recent times – in Magic City, Mistresses and Scruples.
Until now, Keddie has been content to stay local.
Why wouldn’t you when you have a string of top- notch credits that include Blanche d’alpuget in Hawke and Julia Jackson in Love My Way?
Keddie reckons the time is ripe to take a chance, to make a brave choice and challenge herself.
‘‘ I’m open to anything at the moment,’’ Keddie says. ‘‘ I’m just waiting for something to pique my interest which is different from Nina.
‘‘ I enjoy working here [ in Australia] but if America or any other country comes into play and there is an opportunity to work overseas, I will heartily embrace it if I feel the project is right and it excites me.
‘‘ Producing is something I’m thinking about, too. I’m interested in the whole film-making process. I’ve worked with such generous producers over the past few years who have valued my creative input.’’
Is life imitating art? Making brave choices is the theme of the third series of Offspring.
Nina is rapturously in love with medico Dr Patrick Reid ( Matthew Le Nevez). That is a landmark for a character well known for her roller- coaster romantic life.
Nina ended her relationship with pediatrician Chris Havel ( Don Hany) at the end of series two. Keddie reveals that a third series of
Offspring was no certainty . . . until a discussion with executive producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks.
‘‘ We did speak after the second series,’’ Keddie says.
‘‘ I guess what we all felt was that if we were going into a third, it was important that Nina evolves.
‘‘ We knew we had to push ourselves harder, otherwise let’s not do it.
‘‘ I really wanted to see Nina stay in a relationship. That was a tricky thing because the series was developed on the basis of a woman who has a fabulously messy love life.
‘‘ That was the boldest thing to do, as opposed to keeping her single and jumping from guy to guy.
‘‘ I’m thrilled they [ Edwards and Banks] felt the same way. She can still have a fabulously messy love life if she stays put in a relationship and learns to trust someone – however complex that might be.’’
Dr Reid is no pushover. He is enigmatic, wry and moody and a former drug addict. The passionate relationship with Nina tests them both emotionally.
‘‘ Patrick was the difficult choice – one Nina really had to fight for,’’ Keddie says.
‘‘ Dr Chris was a fantasy man and it was a fantasy relationship. Patrick is the complete opposite.
‘‘ He is very complex, difficult to be around, grates on her, and pushes every emotional and physical button she has.
‘‘ I felt it was a brave choice for her to settle into a relationship with him. He makes Nina’s life much more complex.
‘‘ Nina’s also brave enough to acknowledge that she’s no easy walk in the park either.
‘‘ They are mirroring each other. She is taking a deep breath and saying ‘ I want to grow with this person’.’’
In the series- three debut, Nina also learns that Darcy Proudman ( John Waters) isn’t her biological father. That will have ramifications.
Offspring fans will be glad to know that Keddie won’t abandon Offspring to pursue other projects. She believes they can work in tandem.
‘‘ I think the way series three has evolved has been really interesting,’’ Keddie says.
‘‘ There is still plenty of material [ for another series]. I love this character [ Nina].’’
NEW CHALLENGE: Dan Wyllie and Asher Keddie in Love My Way ( top left); Keddie with members of the cast from Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities ( above right); and ( right) as Blanche D’alpuget with Richard Roxburgh in Hawke.
IN LOVE: Asher Keddie and Matt Le Nevez. I really wanted to see Nina stay in a relationship. That was tricky because the series was developed on the basis of a woman with a fabulously messy love life.
PARENTAL ISSUES: Keddie with John Waters in Offspring.