Bonus round of­fers clo­sure

Ahead of this week­end’s tele­fea­ture finale to Noth­ing Triv­ial, James Croot quizzes Deb­bie Newby-Ward about what she’s learned from play­ing Emma.

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Were you wor­ried there might not be a proper con­clu­sion to the se­ries? Are you and do you think view­ers will be sat­is­fied with what the writ­ers have come up with?

I was very sad to think we might not have the op­por­tu­nity to con­clude the se­ries, not only for the view­ers but for our­selves. I think the tele­fea­ture will bring some clo­sure. for sure. And it’s another op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in these char­ac­ters’ sto­ries and, I guess, say good­bye in a sense. But be­cause these char­ac­ters are so deeply etched into our view­ers’ minds, I’m sure they will be able to imag­ine how their sto­ries could con­tinue on – even be­yond the tele­fea­ture.

How much have you and Emma changed over the course of the se­ries and in what ways? Have you had much say in shap­ing the

char­ac­ter or her choices?

Emma’s story was fo­cused on her devel­op­ment into wom­an­hood. She en­tered the se­ries a young lady with lots of hope and dreams, many of them al­ready bro­ken. And ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of grow­ing pains as she tran­si­tioned! Grow­ing is never easy, but es­sen­tial. In a sense I was also tran­si­tion­ing through­out this process as I be­came a mother for the first time – it was nice to share that jour­ney.

What was your favourite sto­ry­line?

I do look back fondly over the first se­ries, be­fore Brian and Emma got to­gether. All the drama fo­cused around Emma’s boyfriends, and them hav­ing to be in­ter­viewed by Michelle and Brian be­fore they were ac­cepted. I loved all the saga around Craig, my ‘‘dress- wear­ing’’ pilot boyfriend, who was found by Brian wear­ing my Kate Sylvester blue dress. It was so tragic and comedic, I just loved the scenes in­volved in these sto­ry­lines.

What were the hard­est and most en­joy­able as­pects of play­ing Emma?

Emma’s abil­ity to for­give. It’s a soft­ness in one’s heart that has to come from such a gen­uine place. Some­times it’s just eas­ier to play an­gry, or hard. The writ­ers cre­ated such hon­est and deeply com­plex char­ac­ters, I was al­ways seek­ing the truth in ev­ery scene. No mat­ter how much at times Deb­bie didn’t want to for­give, I had to go to a place where Emma would. And that abil­ity to for­give is her worst and best trait!

What are your abid­ing mem­o­ries of the show? And what will you miss most about it?

As hard as they were – The Bea­gle quiz scenes. This is where the core cast were al­ways to­gether, and some­times for days on end. They were such chal­leng­ing days, like noth­ing any of us had ever ex­pe­ri­enced [and that’s crew in­cluded]. Com­ing back into The Bea­gle af­ter days of work­ing on your own sto­ry­lines was a great check in. I will miss The Bea­gle hugely.

Fi­nally, is there a trivia ques­tion that sticks in your mind?

As gross as this sounds, I couldn’t get out of my head that a bar­na­cle has the long­est pe­nis to body ra­tio . . . ewwww!

Deb­bie Newby-Ward: She says she loved her Noth­ing Triv­ial wardrobe, ex­cept for the fake preg­nant belly.

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