LAUGHS FOR DAYS

No one wants to let a good thing go, so for gig­gle bud­dies Celia Pac­quola and Luke McGre­gor, cre­at­ing Rose­haven was a must-do

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Utopia ac­tors Celia Pac­quola and Luke McGre­gor liked work­ing to­gether so much they de­cided to cre­ate a TV show they could both star in.

The comedic ac­tors have writ­ten and are star­ring in the ABC show Rose­haven, which they filmed in McGre­gor’s home state, Tas­ma­nia.

“Ba­si­cally, Luke and I wanted to find some­thing where we could talk rub­bish to each other,” Pac­quola says.

“Our char­ac­ters on Utopia did a lot to­gether, and we be­came a duo and hung out be­tween scenes. So one day we just went: ‘Oh, we’ve got a very sim­i­lar stupid sense of hu­mour, do you want to try and write some­thing to­gether?’”

The test was go­ing to Tas­ma­nia to­gether for 10 days where they worked with McGre­gor’s es­tate agent par­ents to do some re­search for the show. In Rose­haven, McGre­gor’s char­ac­ter Daniel re­turns home to help his mother out with her real es­tate busi­ness and his friend Emma (Pac­quola) fol­lows him there.

“We’d never spent more than a day to­gether so we went to Tas­ma­nia to live with Luke’s par­ents, and drove around to­gether in a hired car, worked to­gether and by the end, we were still OK to be in each other’s com­pany,” she says.

The idea stemmed from the pair’s real-life re­la­tion­ship, so nat­u­rally there is some­thing of them­selves in their char­ac­ters.

“Emma is me when I’m in a silly, im­ma­ture mood but she’s like that all the time and she doesn’t have the fear of con­se­quences that I do. She’s like what I would like to be in my mind if I didn’t have rent to pay,” she says. “And Daniel is Luke if he’d never found standup. He’s try­ing to ex­ist in a cor­po­rate world but he’s just not very good at it, so he’s try­ing to prove him­self and prove he’s grown up and is an adult now.”

The pair drove around Tas­ma­nia look­ing for small towns to in­spire them.

“There’s stuff that you have in ev­ery small town like an op shop. We just love the idea that the per­son who works in the op shop knows ev­ery­thing about ev­ery­one be­cause they’re get­ting brought in ev­ery­body’s stuff,” Pac­quola says, adding that they would love to do an­other sea­son of the show.

“We want to keep go­ing back to Tassie and grow the Tassie in­dus­try. It’s a won­der­ful place to work and we wanted to make some­thing that could con­tinue there,” she says. Rose­haven, Wed­nes­day, 9pm, ABC

Luke McGre­gor as Daniel and Celia Pac­quola as Emma in the show Rose­haven.

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