Back in the Go Girls groove

Anna Hutchi­son re­turns to her Smart role for sea­son four, writes

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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.

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