A HIDDEN TALENT REVEALED
Life on the run is easier to believe than life as a mum for Kate Jenkinson, star of the ABC drama Hiding. Playing family matriarch Maree, the 33year-old had to grow up in a hurry.
“My initial reaction was ‘I’m far too young to play her’. The character fell pregnant when she was 15. If that was me, I would actually have teenage children now, which is frightening.”
In Hiding, the Quigg family start their lives over in the witness protection program following a drug deal gone wrong. When she first heard about the drama, Jenkinson said she was too busy to audition. She was living in LA, shooting Rebel Wilson’s short-lived sitcom, Super Fun Night.
“We were all under the assumption that we’d be doing a second season of it,” she says. “But it’s a good lesson in just taking everything as it comes.
“If I had continued, that would’ve been great, but (because it didn’t) I got to do Hiding, which I think is something I will be very proud of for the rest of my life.”
Perth-born Jenkinson says the idea of going into police protection isn’t too far fetched.
“What I like about this story and these characters is that they’re not unbelievable. My husband in the show (played by James Stewart) is involved in drug dealing. But if you asked around, I bet every single person knows someone who at one point in their lives either used drugs, or sold drugs, or had something to with drugs ... and it doesn’t make them bad. One bad choice on a bad day and that could be your life. That’s what I found so interesting about this story.”
Jenkinson says she’d love to see a second season of Hiding. In the meantime, she continues to pursue work in LA.
“I’m happily unemployed at the moment, right in the middle of pilot season. That’s my job for the next three months, getting through a pilot season.”
Kate Jenkinson says she is happily unemployed.