Ex­plo­sive ar­rival

When Penny McNamee takes up res­i­dence in Sum­mer Bay, she holds the fate of some of our favourite Home and Away char­ac­ters in her hands.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By TIF­FANY DUNK

PENNY McNamee makes her Home and Away de­but this week. The 32-year-old ac­tor plays Tori Mor­gan, a new­comer to Sum­mer Bay who will prove crit­i­cal to the sur­vival of some much-loved lo­cals in the af­ter­math of an ex­plo­sion at the caravan park.

I come in with a bang …

“The (ex­plo­sion af­ter­math) was ac­tu­ally the first shoot I did on Home and Away. We were shoot­ing in the pour­ing rain at 3am. I play an emer­gency room doc­tor so I have to get straight in there and start sav­ing lives and ad­min­is­ter­ing first-aid to all of these peo­ple who don’t know who I am. It’s a re­ally good in­tro­duc­tion to my char­ac­ter, be­cause I’m thrown into this hec­tic sit­u­a­tion.”

My first paid tele­vi­sion job was on All Saints …

“Ge­orgie Parker (who now plays Roo Stewart on Home and Away) had to try to save my life. She didn’t, and I died. That was 14 years ago. My first scene on Home and Away was with Ge­orgie. She was in­jured and I was say­ing to her, ‘You know what Parker? You didn’t save me … but I’ll think about it, I’ll help you out this time’.”

I did think of the back­lash if any char­ac­ters died on my watch …

“It was a lot of pres­sure. These are well-loved char­ac­ters and I didn’t want Tori to be the hated doc­tor. I was wor­ried!”

I grew up watch­ing the show …

“My sis­ters and I [Penny has three sis­ters, in­clud­ing fel­low ac­tor and for­mer Packed to the Rafters star Jess McNamee] all did. Every night my dad would come home from work at 7pm – he’d want to watch the news while we wanted to watch Home and Away. We al­ways hoped he’d be late so he didn’t change the channel.”

Jess was one of the first peo­ple I told when I got the job …

“I wrote her a text that said, ‘If you need me, I’ll be in Sum­mer Bay hang­ing out with Alf for a while’. She rang me back straight away and got all ex­cited for me. She’s in the US now and re­ally kick­ing goals. She’s been re­ally re­silient, worked re­ally hard and now it’s pay­ing off for her. It’s great.”

We’ve only worked to­gether once …

“We did a pi­lot for a series for MTV maybe six or seven years ago and we played sis­ters in that. It was fun, we had a good time. Maybe if I stay in Sum­mer Bay and es­tab­lish some roots I could bring a lit­tle sis­ter in. That’s a great idea, for sure.”


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