Baby on board


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE - Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Ten

WITH four se­ries of Off­spring un­der her belt it would be un­der­stand­able if Asher Ked­die was grow­ing tired of play­ing the ec­cen­tric Nina Proud­man.

The quirky char­ac­ter has strange in­ter­nal mono­logues, is un­lucky in love and life, and per­sis­tently places her­self in pre­car­i­ous po­si­tions.

But for the Gold Lo­gie-win­ning ac­tress that is all part of the fun. ‘‘I am def­i­nitely not tired of Nina,’’ she says. ‘‘Hon­estly, be­ing able to run the gamut of emo­tions all day ev­ery day be­cause the show is so di­verse is re­ally chal­leng­ing in the best way.’’ Ked­die loves a chal­lenge. She first came to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion af­ter ap­pear­ing in the pop­u­lar se­ries Love My Way, which was fol­lowed by a string of crit­i­cally ac­claimed roles in shows like Un­der­belly, Rush and the minis­eries Hawke be­fore land­ing the lead role in Off­spring.

For a time Ked­die ap­peared to be star­ring in ev­ery pop­u­lar drama in the coun­try.

Be­tween shoot­ing Off­spring she also tack­led the role of Ita But­trose in ABC’s hit se­ries Pa­per Gi­ants: The Birth Of Cleo.

It has been her re­cur­ring theme to take on other projects dur­ing the pro­duc­tion break for Off­spring but this year she is hav­ing a rest. ‘‘I’m not do­ing any­thing this time,’’ she says. ‘‘I am go­ing to en­joy a bit of down time. I don’t even have any plans yet be­cause se­ries four has been such a full-on se­ries.’’

Se­ries three fin­ished last year with the news that Nina had fallen preg­nant, and with Pa­trick em­brac­ing his im­pend­ing fa­ther­hood, ev­ery­thing could at last be smooth sail­ing for the hap­less doc­tor.

But Ked­die says it wouldn’t be Off­spring if ev­ery­thing went right.

‘‘The chal­lenges are slightly dif­fer­ent this time around,’’ she says. ‘‘She is mov­ing to­wards hav­ing a child and that presents its own anx­i­ety, but she is also ex­cited about how life is evolv­ing, par­tic­u­larly with some­one she loves and wants to be with and share a fam­ily with.’’

Se­ries four will ex­pose view­ers to a new Nina, who has evolved some­what into a more ma­ture ver­sion of the slightly neu­rotic char­ac­ter au­di­ences are fa­mil­iar with.

‘‘There are some mo­ments that Nina and Pa­trick both face that are very chal­leng­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘But they are choos­ing to re­ally dig deep and deal with things in a ma­ture way.’’

Tak­ing Nina to new places in the next se­ries is part of what keeps Ked­die so fas­ci­nated with the char­ac­ter.

‘‘This se­ries has un­furled a few more lay­ers to her,’’ Ked­die says. ‘‘She is in a sit­u­a­tion where she has to take re­spon­si­bil­ity as op­posed to the es­capist we know and love.

‘‘There are, of course, some wild and won­der­ful fan­tasies but you re­ally get the op­por­tu­nity to see more of her.’’

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