House Husbands get a new neighbour
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.”