House mates

CRAIG McLACH­LAN JOINS THE CAST OF NINE’S QUIRKY FAM­ILY DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Nine

IT’S hard to be­lieve any­one would take the place of Gary Sweet as the favourite of Ju­lia Mor­ris on the House Hus­bands set.

But it seems her new co-star Craig McLach­lan has man­aged to re­place the man the co­me­dian-turned-ac­tor named as one of the best on-screen kissers she has ever worked with.

‘‘He was un­be­liev­ably gor­geous on ev­ery level to work with. I think the crew might have been even more in love with him than I was. Say­ing he was joy on wheels doesn’t even be­gin to cover it.’’

How­ever Mor­ris, 44, who plays Gemma Horne in the show, is quick to point out she has still kept a soft spot for Sweet, who plays her on­screen hus­band.

‘‘He has just come back more de­li­cious than ever our Gary and he is in vin­tage form.

‘‘When­ever I can slip in a lit­tle kiss on the lips, I do. You aren’t al­lowed to in your own pri­vate time when you are mar­ried so when you can get away with it un­der the act­ing um­brella I’m like: ‘Lets just kiss ev­ery day’.’’

How­ever she says for all her love of kiss­ing Sweet, work­ing with McLach­lan, 47, was like hav­ing a new boyfriend, not only for her but for ev­ery­one.

‘‘There was an ex­plo­sion of great hu­mour that came on to the set ev­ery day, and it was like be­ing 16 and see­ing a new boyfriend.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was so ex­cited when he was there he in­jects this in­sane elec­tric­ity into the room.’’

McLach­lan, ap­pears in the lat­est se­ries of House Hus­bands as Damo, who is sud­denly thrown back in to child­hood bestie Gemma’s life af­ter they dis­cover their par­ents have a se­cret to hide.

Mor­ris says of their re­la­tion­ship on screen: ‘‘Any sort of truth that we thought we knew about our child­hood is really blown apart, and he is the only other per­son who really knows how my char­ac­ter is feel­ing.

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