SAB­BAT­I­CAL FROM AUSSIE TV REFRESHES MACPHER­SON

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND - IN­SIDER WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

Daniel MacPher­son is happy to be back work­ing in Aus­tralia.

The Lo­gie-win­ning ac­tor, who found in­ter­na­tional suc­cess on the TV se­ries The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles and Strike Back ,isin Mel­bourne film­ing for Chan­nel 9’s new Aussie drama Bad Mothers.

“This is the phase in my ca­reer where I can come back to Aus­tralia to work on the best stuff that’s avail­able,” he says.

“I’ve watched (the suc­cess of the Aus­tralian TV in­dus­try) from afar for a cou­ple of years, and that wasn’t by choice. There was just a time where no one would hire the guy who hosted Danc­ing With the Stars in an act­ing role, so I had to go work re­ally hard over­seas to be able to come back and do what I wanted to do in this coun­try.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud and sat­is­fied with where I am as an ac­tor and I want to show­case that.”

In Bad Mothers he plays a restau­ra­teur who is mar­ried to Tess Haubrich’s char­ac­ter.

“He’s a com­plex guy who’s got him­self into a very, very sticky sit­u­a­tion,” he says.

“But the more you dig be­neath the sur­face the more com­plex and per­haps more mis­un­der­stood this guy is.

“Tess and I played a hus­band and wife on the film In­fini a few years ago, so there’s al­ready a bit of chem­istry there.”

MacPher­son, who is a keen triath­lete and cy­clist, is happy to be flex­ing dif­fer­ent mus­cles af­ter a tough six-month shoot for the lat­est sea­son of the mil­i­tary drama

Strike Back.

“Af­ter a month of prep and then six months of shoot­ing 10 episodes, I’m busted up. I tore my patella ten­don, dis­lo­cated my col­lar bone, burnt my arm and I’m cov­ered in cuts and bruises,” he says.

“Noth­ing much com­pares to a Strike Back shoot. Hope­fully I won’t come out of this as beaten up phys­i­cally as I did on Strike Back (laughs). That’s the joy of be­ing an ac­tor – to do both ends of the spec­trum. To go from such a high-oc­tane, fast-paced in­ter­na­tional ac­tion se­ries to a su­per tight, well-writ­ten drama at home is what drew me back.”

Bad Mothers also stars Melissa Ge­orge, Mandy McEl­hin­ney, Don Hany and Shalom Brune-Franklin. It will air on Nine next year.

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