EDDIE SET GO
Eddie Perfect ignites New Year’s Eve on ABC
NEW Year’s Eve really isn’t Eddie Perfect’s thing.
The affable Offspring star and Play School presenter says usually his family – wife Lucy and daughters Kitty and Lottie – skip town to celebrate with some champagne, sparklers and a home-cooked meal in the backyard.
But the chance to host ABC’s annual live coverage seemed like a no-brainer. “It’s really a glorified excuse to get myself to the Sydney Opera House and see some fireworks,” he laughs.
Some may see the role as a poisoned chalice, given previous hosts including Lawrence Mooney and Julia Zemiro copped criticism for their efforts. But Perfect says the pressure of helming the four-hour long broadcast is an “exciting challenge”. Adding to that challenge will be the fact he’s yet to meet his co-host, Ella Hooper.
“I certainly know who she is – I’ve always really liked her music and of course I’ve seen her on Spicks and Specks and she’s really smart and funny and interesting,” he says.
“But I don’t know what (hosting with Hooper) will be like. You get thrown into a situation where you sometimes have to stretch things out, or cover things that don’t work. We’re going to get to know each other in the heat of the battle – it will be fun.”
Still, if the pair don’t hit it off, he’ll have a few other friends nearby. Fellow Play School presenter Justine Clark and Humpty Dumpty (who Perfect proclaims is his favourite of the toys) will open the evening at 8.30pm. And the rest of the Play School toys will be taking over the ABC control room along with fellow kids TV stars Jimmy Giggle, Bananas in Pyjamas and Hoot and Hootabelle.
“It’s going to be quite madcapped,” he says.
Asked who’s most likely to go rogue when left to their own devices running the show, Perfect puts some serious thought into the question. “Jemima’s pretty sensible, Morris is kind of mischievous, Diddle is one of the strangest of the toys and I think Big Ted can go rogue, it just depends,” he muses.
While the toys may go off script, Perfect says he’ll be keeping up his New Year’s Eve tradition of “putting a bookmark on the year”.
“I use (New Year’s Eve) as an opportunity to think about what I’ve done,” he says. “I find it motivating. Because the worst thing for me would be to get to the end of a year and look back at the year and feel like I hadn’t actually achieved anything.”
This year the Perfect family don’t have to worry about not having achieved some big goals. While he’s been busy with
Play School, writing gigs and lining up some big projects for 2016, wife Lucy has also been flat chat, having completed a university degree in psychology – which usually takes three years but she’s completed within 12 months.
“She had a really amazing year,” he beams. “We’ve both been working really hard. I don’t know what she’s going to do next year – but I’m hoping she does some consulting so we have more time to spend together.”