Waters feels family ties
JOHN Waters can be forgiven for being taken aback by the storyline in the latest series of Offspring that revealed that his character, Darcy Proudman, was not the father of Nina Proudman, played by Asher Keddie.
The versatile Waters relishes playing the patriarch in the popular series about the sometimes dysfunctional but always entertaining Proudman family. And taking on the role of Keddie’s father is something he has experienced before.
‘‘ I’ve actually played Asher’s father before – the first time I met her, about 1996, something like that, I played her father in an episode of Good Guys Bad Guys, so you might say I have these ingrained paternal feelings for her,’’ Waters says with a laugh.
‘‘ But in a way that made the storyline at the start of this third series even more affecting. ‘‘ It was actually a bit of a bombshell. ‘‘ And to have a storyline like that, to have the revelation of what that would do to you, how much as a father that would take the wind out of your sails, you realise what a huge shock it really would be.
‘‘ So it was a very big thing to play and both Asher and I thought it was kind of sad in a way – but as an actor you want big things to play.’’
Offspring has provided the 63- year- old actor and musician with another hit in a career that has included stage shows as diverse as Hair, Godspell and The Sound of Music, TV roles in Rush, All the Rivers Run, All Saints and Play School and movies such as Eliza Fraser, Breaker Morant and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
‘‘ Offspring is a great show to work on with a brilliant ensemble cast, led by Asher of course,’’ says Waters.
‘‘ She’s a young actress at the peak of her powers, really. We’re all happy to have great characters to play who are very well written and the interaction between them is a lot of fun.
‘‘ It’s adult, it’s a family saga that’s designed for thinking grown- ups and it exaggerates the quirky side of all families, I think. It exaggerates and in some cases makes them slightly grotesque, but there’s something endearing about all the family members nonetheless.’’ Naturally, Waters has great regard for his character, Darcy.
‘‘ For me to be playing the older man who still gets the women is a great privilege, but I wouldn’t say it exactly reflects my life. It reflects my ambition,’’ Waters says with a chuckle.
‘‘ He’s a man who goes for the positive spin in everything in life.
‘‘ It’s a joy to play him.’’