Baby on board
ASHER KEDDIE REVEALS WHAT TO EXPECT WITH NINA EXPECTING IN HIT DRAMA OFFSPRING
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.’’