BACK TO WORST

Af­ter tak­ing time out to put fam­ily first, An­nie Jones is back on screen and bring­ing en­ergy to her role in Worst Year of My Life Again

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN DEVLYN

An­nie Jones’ act­ing abil­i­ties have never been in doubt. Her pro­file, how­ever, has never reached the heights of less-tal­ented con­tem­po­raries for a num­ber of rea­sons.

In­tensely pri­vate, she has long had an awk­ward re­la­tion­ship with fame. While some have an in­tense self­pro­mo­tional drive and work fu­ri­ously to en­sure their name stays etched in the pub­lic con­scious­ness, Jones is the type who is happy to let her act­ing do the talk­ing.

In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Jones was one of Aus­tralia’s most recog­nis­able faces as a re­sult of play­ing Jane Har­ris in Neigh­bours.

Un­like cast­mates Kylie Minogue and Ja­son Dono­van, how­ever, Jones and Guy Pearce were un­com­fort­able with the fan hys­te­ria around the show.

“I have al­ways just liked to live my life and just get on with things,” Jones says.

“It was a crazy time, I must ad­mit, but I made a lot of dear friends from that pe­riod. I think they ( Neigh­bours cast) are good people.”

Af­ter three years in Ram­say Street, Jones ce­mented her sta­tus as an ac­tor with deep re­serves of talent in shows in­clud­ing The Fly­ing Doc­tors, New­ly­weds

and Snowy.

She also lives by the the­ory that no role is too big or too small if it gives the chance to flex a bit of act­ing mus­cle.

Far re­moved from “Plain” Jane Har­ris was her dra­matic turn as a rape vic­tim in Halifax f.p. She never skipped a beat in har­row­ing scenes where she was tied up and had a hood pulled over her head.

More re­cently she has ap­peared in ac­claimed Fox­tel drama Went­worth and Un­der­belly Files: Tell Them Lu­cifer Was Here, the emo­tion-charged story of the killing of po­lice­men Rod Miller and Gary Silk. She im­pressed as Dorothy, wife of mur­derer Ban­dali Debs.

There’s no doubt we’d have seen more of Jones in re­cent years if not for her de­ci­sion to put fam­ily be­fore act­ing.

Jones, back on screen in

Worst Year of My Life Again, says ill-health forced her mum into a nurs­ing home and her “dar­ling fa­ther” has died.

Jones says: “I didn’t do any act­ing for a while be­cause life just got in the way. Life and fam­ily are ob­vi­ously more im­por­tant than act­ing ... Things like that can re­ally change your at­ti­tude to life and how you deal with things.

“I’m happy with my life. I do a lot of voice-over work and a bit of TV stuff too.”

She has em­braced her role in teen com­edy Worst Year of

My Life Again be­cause of the high lev­els of en­ergy on set.

“I’ve had a great time work­ing on this one. It’s a great bunch of young ac­tors work­ing on the show. And a lot of big things hap­pen in it.”

Worst Year of My Life Again,

ABC3, Satur­day, 6pm.

An­nie Jones re­turns to our screens in Worst Year of My Life Again.

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