Back in the Go Girls groove
Anna Hutchison returns to her Smart role for season four, writes
T’S been a busy, globetrotting few years for Anna Hutchison. Already well known in her native New Zealand, she became just as familiar to Australian audiences thanks to her roles in Sea Patrol, Wild Boys and, most memorably, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, where her character Alison Dine was the lover of Matthew Newton’s ruthless crim Terry ‘‘Mr Asia’’ Clark.
Then Hutchison headed for Hollywood where she landed a lead role opposite Thor star Chris Hemsworth in the hit horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, co-written and produced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Joss Whedon.
She still calls New Zealand home, returning to work on the comedy-drama that made her famous, Go Girls.
In the fourth season, Hutchison reprises the role of Amy Smart, the ambitious, strong-willed young woman who took it upon herself at the start of the series to motivate her friends into following their dreams, a motif that kicks off each season.
‘‘She’s never going to be the kind of person to let the world dictate who and where she’ll be,’’ Hutchison says.
‘‘She’ll tell the world what she wants, and she’s the one who has the idea at the very beginning for them to jump-start their lives. They’re all chilling out and enjoying their lives but perhaps not fulfilling their potential, and Amy gets them to try to make their dreams a reality.
‘‘Some want to start families, but for Amy the goal is more work-focused – she has the law degree now and she’s out to become the best lawyer she can be . . . she’s been something of a go-getter since the show began.
‘‘Her goal to begin with was to get rich,’’ Hutchison says.
‘‘But she wanted to be able to buy her house back for her family – that was her reason. Since then, she moved beyond that into wanting to help other people.’’
Indeed, Amy’s absence for most of Go Girls’ second and third seasons – while Hutchison was filming projects in Australia and overseas – can be traced back to that altruistic streak: her German boyfriend Hans asked her to accompany him on a relief mission to the most poverty-stricken part of Africa.
‘‘So she’d check in for a little while during seasons two and three, make sure the guys were on the right path, meddle a bit and annoy a few people. But she’s back with a vengeance in season four.’’
There was barely time for Hutchison to take a breath before returning to Auckland to film new episodes of Go Girls. She wrapped filming on Seven’s bushranger drama Wild Boys on a Friday, hopped on a plane to New Zealand and was playing Amy again that Monday.
‘‘I was really excited to come back,’’ she says.
‘‘There are so many fun storylines happening all the time – I mean, it’s the kind of show I love to watch. But I’ve been so lucky with the projects I’ve worked on. They’re completely different but that’s one of the great things about being an actor.
‘‘I love telling stories, no matter where I get to do it.’’
Slipping back into the Go Girls groove also proved pretty easy, she says.
‘‘We were always hanging out a lot anyway and they really are my best friends, the writers on the show and the crew,’’ she says. ‘‘They are such a cool group of people. I can’t even tell you how fun it is to work with them.’’
Even now, Hutchison is still dividing her time between New Zealand and elsewhere.
She recently filmed the Australian Rules football drama Blinder opposite Jack Thompson, Angus Sampson and The Slap’s Oliver Ackland and has since taken a role as Laeta in Spartacus: War of the Damned, the final season of the sexy, bloody historical series.
Anna Hutchison snapped in a scene from the TV show.
Finale: Thursday, 10.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.