TELL TAILS

MAKO IS­LAND OF SE­CRETS AC­TOR GEMMA FORSYTH SHEDS LIGHT ON HID­DEN MER­MAID'S BUSI­NESS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - ROSE SADLEIR

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID CLARK

Gemma Forsyth and Is­abel Du­rant star in Mako: Is­land of Se­crets on Chan­nel Eleven.

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