THINGS COULD HEAT UP THIS WINTER
THE reunion of Peter O’Brien and Rebecca Gibney on
was a long time coming.
The pair starred together in Aussie drama series
back in the late 1980s – O’Brien as pilot Sam Patterson and Gibney as mechanic Emma Plimpton.
In 1998 they teamed up again for miniseries
about the Granville train disaster, and were reunited the following year when O’Brien had a guest role on Gibney’s crime drama
It was another 15 years before the acclaimed actors worked together for last year’s pre- cursor,
By then, Gibney had starred as beloved mum Julie Rafter in
and won a Gold Logie. O’Brien has bounced between England and Australia, appearing in UK shows including
and and in Australia in and the series. Today, with he and Gibney’s reunion complete, O’Brien and wife Miranda Otto are living in Los Angeles as the pair pursue Hollywood acting roles.
In O’Brien plays Detective Inspector Lachlan McKenzie, who joins Gibney’s Detective Sergeant Eve Winter to help investigate the death of a 23- year- old mum.
“Lachlan is a guy who has hit a brick wall,” O’Brien says. “His professional life has taken over from his personal life.”
McKenzie and Winter have history, having been an item when Lachlan was a hot young detective. Eve got too close, Lachlan pushed her away and there have been buried emotions ever since.
McKenzie has gone through two marriages, is in a new relationship, but still can’t get over Eve.
“The potential ( to become a couple again) is there and the feelings are very much there but are they venturing into territory that is not right?” O’Brien says.
“It is tempting sometimes if things have ended badly ( with someone) to think, ‘ If we went down a diff erent path ( would things have been diff erent)?”