OH BABY, IT’S BEEN A CHALLENGE
LAST year, Summer Bay surfer chick Ricky dealt with a pregnancy, her boyfriend going to jail for a few months, her brotherin-law dying suddenly, lost friendships and love woes.
Then there was the bus crash in HomeandAway’s cliffhanger finale – an event that will claim a character’s life. But the drama is all in a day’s work for Bonnie Sveen (right), who portrays Ricky.
“I feel like this is going to be a really good season for the performers on the show,” the 26-year-old said of the soap’s return this week. “What we’re playing now is the most stimulating, challenging and rewarding stuff I’ve done.”
Should she survive the bus crash, the next big thing for Sveen’s character would be the birth of her first child with Brax, (Steve Peacocke).
It will mark the end of a bizarre experience for the Tasmanian-born actress, who donned a one-piece pregnancy suit each day for several months.
“I’m 26 and (single), so being pregnant is not something I’ve thought about a lot,” Sveen said.
“It doesn’t come up in general conversation either … but playing a pregnant woman every single day changes that.”
There were also awkward moments when Sveen forgot she was wearing the belly while going to grab a bite to eat.
“I’d be walking around Palm Beach, forgetting I was wearing the belly, and some of the local mums would give me the familiar look, a knowing look, not realising I was just filming,” she said. “I felt bad. It was like, ‘No, I’m just playing. I’m a fraud’, but there wasn’t time to explain.” HOME AND AWAY RETURNS MONDAY-THURSDAY, 7PM, SEVEN