She feels right at Home

Brenna Hard­ing is a sym­bol of change in A Place To Call Home, writes HOLLY BYRNES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

IT’S not just fans who mourn the demise of their favourite tele­vi­sion shows.

When Chan­nel 10 missed the chance to re­new Pu­berty Blues, Brenna Hard­ing, one of the show’s Lo­gie-win­ning young stars, was left in a kind of cre­ative limbo. The retro drama se­ries had given the teenager her first big break.

With her fi­nal year of high school to fo­cus on, Hard­ing was able to dis­tract her­self with exam study but ad­mits she still misses her char­ac­ter Sue Knight “like an old friend”.

Still, if she’s learned any­thing from join­ing the re­vived pro­duc­tion of A Place To Call Home – saved from the brink of TV obliv­ion by Fox­tel af­ter it was axed from Seven – it’s to keep the faith un­til the fat lady sings.

“They had heard it was axed twice and had to mourn the loss of this show be­fore Fox­tel picked it up, so I guess with Pu­berty Blues there’s al­ways a bit of hope in the back of my mind,” she says.

The show’s re­ju­ve­na­tion has brought “this re­ally ex­cited air” on set, Hard­ing says.

“When I first en­tered the set, I was like, ‘Woah, ev­ery­one is so happy and so over the moon and they’re throw­ing them­selves into the pro­ject; talk­ing about their char­ac­ters and their sto­ry­lines to­gether, I think it’s be­cause it was saved and ev­ery­one’s fought so hard to get it back on.

“In­ter­est­ingly,” she says, “as a new char­ac­ter I al­most be­came a sym­bol for ev­ery­body … that they were back and this was a new se­ries with some­thing dif­fer­ent to ex­plore.

“Ev­ery­one was re­ally ex­cited to meet me and see me and hear what was hap­pen­ing … it was re­ally won­der­ful.”

But as the se­crets of sea­son three un­ravel, her char­ac­ter, Rose, may not al­ways be so wel­comed.

Hired as a nurse maid by Olivia Bligh (Ari­an­wen Parkes-Lock­wood), who is hid­ing the truth about her baby’s birth, Hard­ing hints: “There are in­ter­est­ing things about Rose and more than one rea­son why she’s at Ash Park. Ev­ery­one’s got a se­cret and it’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing story to fol­low through­out the en­tire sea­son.”

Her re­la­tion­ship with res­i­dent trou­ble­maker Regina (Jenni Baird) will also raise eye­brows, Hard­ing adds: “She’s by no means as in­no­cent as she seems.”

While other ac­tors her age are mak­ing tracks to Hol­ly­wood, Hard­ing has been for­tu­nate to find op­por­tu­nity at home, while com­plet­ing her HSC.

“I’ve been get­ting work in Aus­tralia so there’s been no real need for me to go over­seas, but at the same time, I’m very pas­sion­ate about the lo­cal in­dus­try and the peo­ple I’m work­ing with,” she says.

“Even on A Place To Call Home, I’ve been work­ing with some of the same peo­ple I was work­ing with on Pu­berty Blues and it’s been re­ally nice to see them again and work with them again. They’ve been sup­port­ive of me and I love sup­port­ing this in­dus­try.”

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

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