MAKO ISLAND OF SECRETS ACTOR GEMMA FORSYTH SHEDS LIGHT ON HIDDEN MERMAID'S BUSINESS
There is a stage in every little girl’s life where they long to live the life of a princess, ballerina or a mermaid. For Gemma Forsyth, one of the stars of popular children’s show Mako: Island of Secrets, that childhood dream became a reality when she slid into a mermaid tail for the first time. The 26-year-old Brisbanebased actress says it was an “unbelievable” experience.
“I don’t know any girl who hasn’t had thoughts about getting into a mermaid tail,” she says.
“It was so amazing and such a bizarre feeling. The first time we filmed at Sea World in a tank with fish it was unbelievable. They were swimming along beside me and
I felt I was part of their world.”
Produced by Jonathan Shiff, Mako: Island of Secrets is a spin-off of H2O: Just Add Water.
Filmed on the Gold Coast, season one followed the story of teenager Zac (Chai Romruen), a “land-boy” who was turned into a merman, and the three mermaids who sought to strip him of his newfound powers.
A second season of the show premieres on Sunday and will see the introduction of two new mermaids, Ondina (Isabel Durant) and Mimmi (Allie Bertram).
Gemma’s character Evie, who is Zac’s girlfriend, is someone she can relate to.
“At the beginning I didn’t understand her much, but the more I get to know her the more I get her,” she says.
“We see a different side of Evie in the second season.
She’s loyal and wants to help everyone. She wants to the best she can in everyday life.”
When Gemma’s character is also transformed into a mermaid, a few issues arise.
“Everyone has to deal with problems that come up – like not turning into a mermaid at the school swimming carnival,” she laughs.
“There are some really big surprises and cool twists in the second season that I never saw coming.”
Mako: Island of Secrets is distributed internationally, meaning the show has a large fan base around the world.
“People really get into the show and it’s nice to be able to interact with them through Instagram and Twitter,” says Gemma.
Gemma lives on the Gold Coast for most of the year when shooting is in progress.
She says one of the biggest perks of the job is the beautiful set locations.
“I love being on set,’’ she says. “I get up in the morning and I want to go to work.” Mako: Island of Secrets starts on Sunday, Channel Eleven, 10am.
Gemma Forsyth and Isabel Durant star in Mako: Island of Secrets on Channel Eleven.