House Hus­bands get a new neigh­bour

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - ZOE NAU­MAN

IT’S hard to be­lieve any­one would take the place of Gary Sweet as the favourite of Ju­lia Mor­ris on the House

Hus­bands set. But it seems her new co- star Craig McLach­lan ( left, with Mor­ris) has man­aged to re­place Sweet, who the co­me­di­anturned- ac­tor named as one of the best on­screen kissers she had ever worked with.

“He was un­be­liev­ably gor­geous on ev­ery level to work with,” she said.

“I think the crew might have been even more in love with him than I was.

“Say­ing he was joy on wheels doesn’t even be­gin to cover it.”

But Mor­ris, 44, who plays Gemma Horne in the show, was quick to point out she held a soft spot for Sweet, who plays her on- screen hus­band. “He has just come back more de­li­cious than ever, our Gary, and he is in vin­tage form,” she said.

“I keep try­ing to add kisses into scenes but un­for­tu­nately

There was an ex­plo­sion of great hu­mour that came onto the set ev­ery day with him

not all the direc­tors agree. I can’t say there has been any fra­cas, but when­ever I can slip in a lit­tle kiss on the lips I do.

“You aren’t al­lowed to in your own pri­vate time when you are mar­ried, so when you can get away with it un­der the act­ing um­brella I’m like, ‘ Let’s just kiss ev­ery day’.”

How­ever, she said for all her love of kiss­ing Sweet on the show, work­ing with McLach­lan, 47, was like hav­ing a new boyfriend – not only for her but for ev­ery­one.

“There was an ex­plo­sion of great hu­mour that came on to the set ev­ery day with him, and it was like be­ing 16 and see­ing a new boyfriend,” she said.

“It wasn’t only for me, the cam­era crew and the wardrobe de­part­ment as well.

“Ev­ery­one was so ex­cited when he was there – he in­jects this in­sane elec­tric­ity into the room while de­liv­er­ing in­cred­i­bly good work.” McLach­lan ap­peared in the lat­est se­ries of

House Hus­bands as Damo, who was sud­denly thrown back into the life of Gemma – his child­hood bestie – af­ter they dis­cover their par­ents have a se­cret to hide.

“Any sort of truth we thought we knew about our child­hood is really blown apart and he is the only other per­son who really knows how my char­ac­ter is feel­ing,” Mor­ris said of their re­la­tion­ship on screen. “He feels as let down as I do. Even though I have my hus­band, and I’m a new­ly­wed, he is ter­ri­bly sym­pa­thetic and a beau­ti­ful char­ac­ter.

“This is the only per­son on the planet who really gets how I am feel­ing. Our fam­ily and friends find it hard to ac­cept it is not ro­man­tic, and the closer we get the more ev­ery­one is con­vinced there is some­thing go­ing on.”

House Hus­bands, which is in its sec­ond sea­son, took home this year’s lo­gie for Most Pop­u­lar Drama, knock­ing Packed to the

Rafters off the top spot. Mor­ris also got a nom­i­na­tion in the Most Pop­u­lar Ac­tress cat­e­gory, confi rma­tion her stint train­ing in drama in Los An­ge­les had fi­nally paid off.

“My teacher in LA was over the moon. I sent her the DVD of the first se­ries and she said, ‘ This is ex­actly what I was hop­ing I would see in your work’.

“For my two years in LA, although they felt a bit thin on the ground for earn­ings, as it turns out they were my great bless­ing and not even in dis­guise.”

Mor­ris had noth­ing but good things to say about work­ing on the show, de­spite the fran­tic pace.

“You can­not be­lieve the hours we are keep­ing – it is out of con­trol. I think I had for­got­ten how in­tense drama is,” she said.

“With drama there is a lot of make- up to be done for a start.

“It’s been glo­ri­ous. Last year we be­came a bit of a fam­ily. I think we stopped shoot­ing the first se­ries half­way through Au­gust and I think by the time I fin­ished shoot­ing with ev­ery­body and start­ing again it felt like an aw­fully long time be­tween cud­dles.”

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