Off­spring re­turns

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

ASHER Ked­die may have en­joyed play­ing a preg­nant woman in the lat­est sea­son of Off­spring, but it doesn’t mean she plans to pur­sue hav­ing a baby in real life.

When asked if wear­ing a bump as ob­ste­tri­cian Nina Proud­man in the show made her broody she re­sponded: “Not re­ally, I re­ally sep­a­rate my per­sonal life from my work life and I was happy to ex­plore that line.

“It was good for her to be­come preg­nant, and we see her with so many other peo­ple’s ba­bies. We see her faith and how life changes when that hap­pens.

“We re­ally see her in new ter­ri­tory, and for me it was wel­comed. I was happy for it to progress in that way.”

In real life, Ked­die split with her hus­band of five years Jay Bowen last year and is now dat­ing artist Vin­cent Fan­tauzzo.

The de­vel­op­ment of Nina ex­pect­ing a baby with boyfriend Pa­trick Reid ( Matthew Le Nevez) may not be re­flected in re­al­ity for Ked­die, but she says she can still draw par­al­lels be­tween her per­son­al­ity and her char­ac­ters.

“You can only draw on your own ex­pe­ri­ence. Our job is to dig deep enough to do some­thing re­lat­able or un­re­lat­able,” she said.

“We have to ex­e­cute it in a way peo­ple un­der­stand. I would say I am or­gan­ised – that is my way of be­ing in con­trol of my chaotic en­vi­ron­ment.

“But when I think about ev­ery char­ac­ter I have ever played I have some­thing in com­mon with them.”

Nina’s preg­nancy has also en­abled the ac­tor to ex­plore some un­charted ter­ri­tory with her sis­ter on the pro­gram Bil­lie ( Kat Ste­wart), with her ex­pec­tant state caus­ing fric­tion be­tween the pair.

“The big thing in se­ries four is the dif­fer­ent paths the sis­ters’ lives are tak­ing and how they at­tempt to rec­on­cile that,” Ked­die said.

“Lets face it, they are quite a volatile, yet have a very deeply bonded sib­ling re­la­tion­ship.”

Ked­die said her off- screen re­la­tion­ship with Ste­wart had re­ally helped them make their on- screen chem­istry work.

“Kat and I – it’s won­der­ful, it’s about as good as it gets. We are so sup­port­ive of each other and it just works. We chal­lenge each other in all the best ways as ac­tors and we just re­ally like each other.”

The fourth sea­son of Off­spring was com­mis­sioned at the same time as se­ries five, which the Ked­die said gave the writ­ers the chance to flex their mus­cles when it came to plot lines.

“They had a new sense of freedom, not to have to end- game ev­ery­thing. And I think it al­lows the au­di­ence to delve into the char­ac­ters’ lives a lit­tle more.” Ked­die said the cast and crew on Off­spring have a great re­la­tion­ship across the board and it makes life easy for the ac­tors.

“Of course, we don’t re­ally have to think about it too much be­cause the writ­ers have the most ex­tra­or­di­nary imag­i­na­tions, and what they present to us, with­out fail, is amaz­ing,” she said. “We don’t re­ally have to try too much.”

It is this re­la­tion­ship which shines through to view­ers and has helped Off­spring es­tab­lish a wide and loyal fan base.

Their de­vo­tion to the quirky off- beat pro­gram rewarded Ked­die with a Gold Lo­gie win at this year’s awards for most pop­u­lar TV per­son­al­ity.

It’s some­thing she feels hon­oured to have won, as well as her Sil­ver Lo­gie wins for best ac­tress in pre­vi­ous years.

“I am thrilled and I just feel re­ally en­cour­aged. It’s a re­ally won­der­ful feel­ing to be sup­ported by the au­di­ence,” she said.

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