Fun times with Re­becca Gib­ney

She may be lov­ing the laughs and all the fun, but don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the strength and cre­ativ­ity that mo­ti­vate one of our most-loved ac­tors.

Prevention (Australia) - - Contents - BY AN­DREA DU­VALL PHOTOGRAPHY PETER BREW-BE­VAN

Our cover star loves a laugh but there’s a darker per­sonal story be­hind her strug­gle for suc­cess

Re­becca Gib­ney loves to laugh. Right now her eyes are twin­kling as she pushes away a plate of bite-sized bis­cuits. “No, no, they’re too tempt­ing! I have a sugar ad­dic­tion and I’m try­ing re­ally hard to avoid them… Oh look, I’ll try one. Oooohhhh!” Her eyes roll with guilty plea­sure.

It’s quickly ap­par­ent that Re­becca doesn’t take her fame too se­ri­ously. While she’s ar­guably had one of the most suc­cess­ful ca­reers of any ac­tor on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion, span­ning an in­cred­i­ble 30 years thanks to The Fly­ing Doc­tors, Hal­i­fax f.p., Packed to the Rafters and, most re­cently Wanted, men­tion of this causes her to shrug. “Peo­ple have grown up with me… I’m like an ugg boot, I’ve been around for so long!”

Re­becca is on a fly­ing visit to Syd­ney from the new home in Dunedin she shares with her hus­band Richard and their son, Zac, 14. (They re­lo­cated from Aus­tralia in Jan­uary). Also rel­a­tively new is Re­becca’s midlife ca­reer meta­mor­pho­sis from star to multi-pronged cre­ative and en­tre­pre­neur, driv­ing her own op­por­tu­ni­ties. Not only did

I’M LIKE AN UGG BOOT, I’VE BEEN AROUND FOR SO LONG!

YOU CAN’T JUST DREAM IT AND HOPE IT’S GO­ING TO HAP­PEN, YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD – AND I DO.

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