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WHEN 800 Words wrapped film­ing last year, new­comer Melina Vi­dler was aware the se­ries may not find an au­di­ence, let alone a se­cond sea­son, in Aus­tralia.

So she went and found a cou­ple of jobs to keep her busy while she waited to hear the show’s fate.

Given 800 Words was the num­ber one rat­ing drama of 2015 and Vi­dler her­self went on to win a Lo­gie for her role as trans­planted teen Shay, she could have twid­dled her thumbs in the break.

But Vi­dler is glad she didn’t as the first of those jobs – a guest role in

Rake – airs this week. “I play Monique, Fuzz’s (Kee­gan Joyce) new girl­friend. I’m a bit of a … I wouldn’t say crazy, but a bit of an emo­tion­ally ma­nip­u­la­tive char­ac­ter. It was fun,” she says.

“Richard Roxburgh (star and cocre­ator of the se­ries) is just amaz­ing. Get­ting to work with him, I’m just so blessed. To see how he works, but also how he in­ter­acts with peo­ple. He’s the Erik [Thomson] of Rake and he knows how to be a leader. It’s so in­ter­est­ing to see that.

Hav­ing dyed her hair brunette for the se­cond of her jobs – she’ll be play­ing Alexan­dra Brock in Ten’s up­com­ing Peter Brock tele­movie – Vi­dler rel­ished the chance to stretch her wings be­fore re­turn­ing to the set of 800 Words, where she is film­ing the up­com­ing se­cond sea­son.

“Monique is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from Alexan­dra Brock who is also com­pletely dif­fer­ent from Shay,” she says.

“So com­ing back to sea­son two I can ap­proach Shay from a bit of a dif­fer­ent an­gle… I can settle in and take what I liked and didn’t like about my per­for­mances.”

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