The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - ByShan­nonMol­loy

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

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