"Ac­tors get so well looked af­ter, it's ridicu­lous. It's not my re­al­ity"

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - With Holly Byrnes

“DE­TEC­TIVE Jake Har­ris is dif­fer­ent from the po­lice­men I’ve played be­fore. I played a cop in the last sea­son of East West 101, then again in Un­der­belly: Bad­ness – and they were two very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters.

This guy is dif­fer­ent again, but this was also an op­por­tu­nity to work with Re­becca (Gib­ney), who I greatly ad­mire.

It’s some­thing I hadn’t done be­fore and I think you’re re­ally at­tracted to things, for me any­way, that are novel and new. I hadn’t worked in Syd­ney for two years and to be able to go to work and come home was re­ally nice and ap­peal­ing.

Har­ris is a fed­eral cop­per, so he’s a lit­tle bit more am­bigu­ous, I think. This guy keeps his cards a lit­tle closer to his chest and that’s good fun to play.

The hint of ro­mance with Bec’s char­ac­ter? Well, I don’t know quite how I got the job for that.

They’ve got some re­ally great young ac­tors on board. Kate Mul­vaney … she’s great. Sara West is just amaz­ing, she’s a star. I had a ball.

I did pi­lot sea­son (in the US) quite a few years ago but I haven’t gone back to do that … I’m quite happy here.

My char­ac­ter in Gal­lipoli (Harry Perce­val) is a com­bi­na­tion of two char­ac­ters in real life. He was sent up and down the hill on the first day, get­ting mes­sages from the of­fi­cers and tak­ing them back up again to where they were fight­ing.

That job was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence as well. I spoke with (Nine boss) Dave Gyn­gell 18 months be­fore they started and said, ‘I’m do­ing this’. I saw him and (pro­ducer) John Ed­wards and I said to them both, ‘I want in for this’, be­cause I come from a mil­i­tary fam­ily back­ground.

My fa­ther was in the army for 20 years, my grand­fa­ther served in WWII in the air force, my great-un­cle was a ma­chine-gun­ner in New Guinea.

Ac­tors get so well looked af­ter, it’s ridicu­lous. It’s not my re­al­ity ei­ther.

I came back from (film­ing) in Van­cou­ver and Mon­treal … you get put up in five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion, you get picked up and driven ev­ery­where, and then I got home and Cass, my wife, just turned to me and said, ‘This isn’t the (Mon­treal ho­tel) the Saint Sulpice, so get your f------ act to­gether and switch on. No one’s do­ing any­thing for you here’.” WIN­TER WED­NES­DAY, 9PM, SEVEN

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