SABBATICAL FROM AUSSIE TV REFRESHES MACPHERSON
Daniel MacPherson is happy to be back working in Australia.
The Logie-winning actor, who found international success on the TV series The Shannara Chronicles and Strike Back ,isin Melbourne filming for Channel 9’s new Aussie drama Bad Mothers.
“This is the phase in my career where I can come back to Australia to work on the best stuff that’s available,” he says.
“I’ve watched (the success of the Australian TV industry) from afar for a couple of years, and that wasn’t by choice. There was just a time where no one would hire the guy who hosted Dancing With the Stars in an acting role, so I had to go work really hard overseas to be able to come back and do what I wanted to do in this country.
“I’m incredibly proud and satisfied with where I am as an actor and I want to showcase that.”
In Bad Mothers he plays a restaurateur who is married to Tess Haubrich’s character.
“He’s a complex guy who’s got himself into a very, very sticky situation,” he says.
“But the more you dig beneath the surface the more complex and perhaps more misunderstood this guy is.
“Tess and I played a husband and wife on the film Infini a few years ago, so there’s already a bit of chemistry there.”
MacPherson, who is a keen triathlete and cyclist, is happy to be flexing different muscles after a tough six-month shoot for the latest season of the military drama
“After a month of prep and then six months of shooting 10 episodes, I’m busted up. I tore my patella tendon, dislocated my collar bone, burnt my arm and I’m covered in cuts and bruises,” he says.
“Nothing much compares to a Strike Back shoot. Hopefully I won’t come out of this as beaten up physically as I did on Strike Back (laughs). That’s the joy of being an actor – to do both ends of the spectrum. To go from such a high-octane, fast-paced international action series to a super tight, well-written drama at home is what drew me back.”
Bad Mothers also stars Melissa George, Mandy McElhinney, Don Hany and Shalom Brune-Franklin. It will air on Nine next year.