“I’m going to become an actor, you watch ”
Glitch star Emma Booth’s childhood dream comes true
EMMA Booth treads her own path. The Aussie actor has been headstrong since she was a child and shows no signs of stopping now.
In her teens, Booth was travelling the world as a model and starred in homegrown series The Adventures of the Bush Patrol. She has never been to acting school. It wasn’t until early 2015 that Booth revealed she had married Los Angeles musician Dominick Joseph Lunar a year early, eloping to Las Vegas.
“I remember when I was 12 and I woke up one day and Mum said, ‘Get ready for school’, and I said, ‘I’m not going, I’m going to become an actor, you watch’,” Booth says. “Mum was kind of, ‘One in a million, babes, now put your school uniform on’.
“But within a couple of weeks I had got myself a modelling agent and a TV show a week later and I was like, ‘I told you’. She was like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how you do this’.”
Booth, whose most recent credits include Cloudstreet and The Gods of Egypt, took a leap of faith when she decided to play Kate Willis on Glitch. You know you’re not in Offspring territory when you play a character that has returned from the dead.
Kate, who rose from the grave in season one of the ABC sci-fi show, had died from breast cancer and when she sprang back to life she found that the love of her life, country policeman James Hayes (Patrick Brammall), had moved on to a new relationship with her best friend Sarah (Emily Barclay).
To top it off, Sarah is pregnant with his child.
Kate was just one of a whole group of townsfolk who mysteriously came back from the dead. Others included World War I Digger Charlie Thompson (Sean Keenan), murdered woman Kirstie Darrow (Hannah Monson) and convict William Blackburn (Rodger Corser).
“There was that gamble of, ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got a bunch of people crawling out of graves – this show could go either way (be really good or really bad),” Booth says. “It’s not your normal shoot when they (producers) tell you, ‘Today you’re going to find out you’re dead and we’re going to see your graveyard’, but there is so much heart in it and the (characters’) stories are so interesting and real.
“There is still so much love between Kate and James but what do you do when he and Sarah are having a baby together?
“It hasn’t been the easiest thing (to play as an actor). All I could do was go back to raw emotions and go, ‘Let’s be honest, you’d be feeling so much grief and terror’.
“Fortunately, Patrick and I have this really wonderful friendship. He’s a beautiful guy. It was imperative (to the success of Glitch) we had a great connection. He’s incredible at being able to access his emotions easily.”
By the end of last season, Kate had seemingly come to terms with James’ relationship, and Booth says that was a turning point for her character.
“She accepts that this (being with Sarah for the birth of their child) is what he’s got to do,” she says.
“I really think this season is empowering for her. She becomes a bit of a leader. She goes, ‘I can do this’, and, ‘I can walk forward on my own path’, even though there is still a great love connection between Kate and James.”
Lunar was in Australia with Booth while she filmed the second season of Glitch. The pair live in Los Angeles’ famed Laurel Canyon but are happy with the gypsy life that acting and playing music inevitably brings.
“Dominic comes (to filming) when he can,” Booth says. “He’s such an incredible support and help for me in every sense of the word.
“Mostly we travel together as much as we can. We’re best mates. We make a really good team.
“We love camping and going on road trips so we went to the Twelve Apostles (on the Victorian coast) during filming. We don’t really go partying (in LA). We’d rather go camping because California is stunning.
“We get our nature fixes all the time. We have a really great balance between work and play and sightseeing.”
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Living the dream: Emma Booth returns in season two of Glitch.