Love my way

The reign­ing queen of Aus­tralian TV is ea­ger to em­brace new and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, writes Colin Vick­ery

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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.

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