A HID­DEN TAL­ENT RE­VEALED

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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.

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