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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