BIG NIGHT OUT IS A BIG NIGHT IN
GEORGIE Parker counts herself among the lucky ones to have clutched a golden statue and taken the applause of her peers at any number of television industry awards nights.
But at this year’s AACTAs ceremony you won’t see the Home
and Away star boozing it up at the after party or celebrating into the wee hours.
Not that she has anything against awards shows. It’s just the teetotaller enjoys the special pleasure that comes from sneaking back to the free hotel suite which usually comes with these red carpet events.
“I like to actually enjoy the room I haven’t paid for,” she tells TV
Guide. “I watch movies and order hot chocolate.”
When she was first in the winner’s circle – as the best TV newcomer for her role as Lucy in A Country Practice – Parker recalls her surprise at even being nominated.
“I’m not someone who really wins anything, so when I got it, I thought, ‘Oh god … they must really like the character’. You get so many great actors in so many great roles that it’s all about whether the character resonates with the audience and how they feel about them.”
The leading lady, who will also present on the night, is bracing herself for the emotion she is sure will come during the ‘in memoriam’ segment – after farewelling her dear friend and TV favourite Stuart Wagstaff earlier this year.
“I’ve already said my goodbyes, but what I love is hearing people applaud because it’s another chance to thank (the departed) for what they did and what they gave us.”
“I always find it more emotional than if I was sitting at home, because you’re sitting there in a room full of people who have worked with them, or were related to them. It’s personal.”
Wagstaff, a beloved TV figure famous for his appearances on Blankety Blanks, took his final curtain call in March, sharing his wisdom with his Crazy For You musical co-star until the end.
“He played my father, so I always called him Dad No.2 and he always called me Daughter No.1. We would catch up and just talk and talk and talk. He was the best raconteur. He had the best stories and so many stories. Even on the day he died, he was still telling me things I didn’t know.”