Q& A

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - E Guide Television - UN­FOR­GET­TABLE WIN, tonight, 9.30 with POPPY MONT­GOMERY

POPPY Mont­gomery is a trail­blazer; an Aussie ac­tor who has climbed to the top of the Hol­ly­wood tree. For eight years, Mont­gomery played Sa­man­tha Spade op­po­site An­thony Lapaglia on With­out a Trace. She has stepped it up a notch, star­ring as De­tec­tive Car­rie Wells in Un­for­get­table. Wells has hy­per­thymesia, a rare med­i­cal con­di­tion that gives her the abil­ity to visu­ally re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing. Q: How daunt­ing was it to go from co- star on With­out a Trace to fronting your own TV show?

A: I’d wanted to carry a show. I took two years off af­ter With­out a Trace to be a mum. The only hes­i­ta­tion I had was how many hours it com­manded hav­ing a young child. That’s al­ways a strug­gle but we’re work­ing through it to­gether. Q: How do you bal­ance Un­for­get­table with the de­mands of be­ing a mum?

A: You take it day by day. I some­times work 20 hours a day. I leave at 4am and get back at mid­night or one in the morn­ing so there are whole days where I don’t see Jack­son be­cause he’s asleep when I leave and asleep when I get home. Q: How did you con­struct Un­for­get­table’s Car­rie Wells?

A: I read a book by Jill Price called The Woman Who Can’t For­get. She was the first per­son who was recog­nised as hav­ing this abil­ity [ hy­per­thymesia]. Then I spoke to ac­tress Mar­ilu Hen­ner [ Taxi] who also has it. She be­came a con­sul­tant on the show and guest starred on the show and she re­ally helped me with the char­ac­ter. Q: Do you think hy­per­thymesia is a bless­ing or a curse?

A: I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be a good can­di­date for hav­ing it. Q: What are the qual­i­ties you pos­sess that have made you do so well in Hol­ly­wood?

A: If I make up my mind to do some­thing, I won’t let it go un­til I’ve done it.

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