Aussie in Hawaii Five- O
AUSTRALIAN actress Claire van der Boom says her latest role as Danno’s ex-wife on Hawaii FiveO shows there’s always two sides to every relationship story.
Van der Boom makes her first appearance in the US cop show as Rachel, the ex-wife of Hawaii cop Danny ‘‘ Danno’’ Williams, but it’s not the first time viewers of the series have heard of her.
Danno’s personal ringtone for Rachel on his mobile is the theme from Psycho, and he paints a lessthan-flattering portrait of her.
But the actress, who starred in the Australian series Rush and the miniseries The Pacific, says you can never just take one person’s version of events as far as relationships go.
‘‘ There’s always two sides to a story with relationships,’’ she says.
‘ ‘ I think there’s a Psycho ringtone and a few other episodes where there’s mention of her being an out-and-out bitch of an e x - wife and over - protective mother. Then you meet her and the writers flesh out that Danno would perhaps be difficult himself, so there’s a reason why they were thrown together and there was a reason why they were thrown apart.’’
Van der Boom says considering the former couple’s differences, the real mystery is how they ever ended up getting together at all.
‘‘ She’s an upper class Brit and he’s a blue collar from New Jersey so it’s that thing of how they were together in the first place,’’ she says.
‘‘ It’s an interesting thing to try and discover.’’
For the first time in her career, van der Boom didn’t have to audition to get the role of Rachel.
‘‘ The producer and Scott Caan who plays Danno saw The Pacific, they liked what I did in that and I was offered the role, which is a first for me,’’ she says.
‘‘ I was a little bit chuffed about that . . . I don’t know whether it will happen again but it’s nice that work is adding up and can help along the way.’’