Luck­i­est girl in the Bay

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - COLIN VICK­ERY

CATHER­INE Mack has what many women think is the best job on tele­vi­sion. The Aussie ac­tor gets to ro­mance River Boy hunk Dar­ryl ‘‘ Brax’’ Brax­ton ( Steve Pea­cocke) on Home and Away. Mack ( pic­tured) plays coun­sel­lor Natalie Dav­i­son on the South­ern Cross soapie.

The ro­mance be­tween Natalie and Brax is com­pli­cated. Natalie is help­ing Brax’s brother Casey cope in the wake of shoot­ing dad Danny dur­ing an armed rob­bery gone wrong.

Mack’s Home and Away role comes af­ter a swag of guest parts – Win­ners & Losers, Blue Heel­ers, Neigh­bours – over the past decade. Fin­ish this sen­tence: ‘‘ Ro­manc­ing Steve Pea­cocke is . . . ’’ Great. We’re al­ways laugh­ing. The ro­mance be­tween Natalie and Brax shows a dif­fer­ent side to Steve’s char­ac­ter. Please ex­plain? There are a few dark twists and turns that come up that make Brax not have that flirty re­la­tion­ship he had with ( for­mer girl­friend) Char­lie ( Es­ther An­der­son). It’s not that they’re court­ing. They’re thrown to­gether. How have fe­male fans re­acted to the ro­mance and the kiss­ing scenes? Some of them have turned. Some­times they’re like, ‘ Ooh, you get to kiss Brax. Bitch!’ Women love him. They don’t hold back, that’s for sure. I hear there are some Out­back scenes com­ing up, shot around the Flin­ders Ranges, cor­rect? Yes. Natalie and Brax go on a res­cue mis­sion. We spent a week there. It felt like a mini- film. What do you make of Natalie? Ini­tially she comes on to the show just in her pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity and then you slowly see parts of her pri­vate life. You’ve done a de­gree in crim­i­nol­ogy. Would that come in handy deal­ing with the River Boys? Ha. The rea­son I went to univer­sity was be­cause my par­ents thought it would be a good idea. My mum is a crim­i­nol­o­gist so I’ve got a bit of that in my veins. I did a diploma of cre­ative arts – act­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy – at the same time. You came back from the US to take up the role. What were you do­ing over there? I was study­ing act­ing. I had just fin­ished that when I got this role. I’d al­ways planned on com­ing back to Aus­tralia. HOME AND AWAY, South­ern Cross, week­nights, 7pm

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