“I’m go­ing to be­come an ac­tor, you watch ”

Gl­itch star Emma Booth’s child­hood dream comes true

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page - By COLIN VICK­ERY

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.”

GL­ITCH

THURS­DAY, 8.30PM, ABC

Liv­ing the dream: Emma Booth re­turns in sea­son two of Gl­itch.

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