BIG NIGHT OUT IS A BIG NIGHT IN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

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.”

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