The fi rst cut is al­ways the deep­est

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Shan­non Mol­loy

EV­ERY­ONE re­mem­bers their fi rst great love, the one that shook them to their core and pro­foundly defi ned ev­ery ro­man­tic in­ter­ac­tion that fol­lowed.

Si­mone Kes­sell couldn’t help but think of hers when join­ing the cast of Chan­nel Ten drama

Won­der­land, in which she plays Sascha – the one that got away for Tom, played by Michael Dormer.

“He’s ( Tom) still haunted by her,” Kes­sell, 39, says.

“When she comes back into his life un­ex­pect­edly – work­ing in a restau­rant – he can’t leave it alone.”

The pair come back into each other’s lives at full speed, with pas­sion­ate but tu­mul­tuous con­se­quences. While fans of the se­ries get a brief taste of what the Kiwi- born glama­zon will bring to the se­ries be­fore it wraps for the year, the bulk of the Tom- Sascha sto­ry­line will play out in 2015.

Kes­sell’s character is one of the fi nal at­tempts by cre­ators of the show to shake things up.

De­spite a strong cast, high pro­duc­tion val­ues and an evolv­ing script, Won­der­land has failed to res­onate and slumped in the rat­ings.

But there’s an en­tire sea­son in the can for 2015 and pro­duc­ers took the last- ditch op­por­tu­nity to re­ally “up the ante”, Kes­sell said.

“They’ve looked at the show and de­cided it was time to shake things up. There are so many, ‘ Oh my god!’ mo­ments com­ing that change the whole dy­namic.”

Her character’s back­story off ered the op­por­tu­nity to draw on past ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I think ev­ery­one has a great fi rst love story. I was in my early 20s and work­ing in fi lm and tele­vi­sion and the re­al­ity is that ac­tors fall in love quite eas­ily,” she says.

“When you work with some­one who’s amaz­ingly tal­ented and cre­ative, sparks fl y. And then you fi nish shoot­ing. The funny thing about those fi rst loves is that you think back and only re­mem­ber the good things, don’t you? You don’t think of the scream­ing or want­ing to kill them. You rem­i­nisce fondly. You for­get why you wanted to break up.”

While her fi rst love didn’t pan out, her great­est one did – Kes­sell is now mar­ried to Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Gre­gor Jor­dan ( Two

Hands) and the cou­ple have two chil­dren.

“Life is very good. Life is full. I couldn’t be hap­pier.”

WON­DER­LAND WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM, TDT

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