Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - How To Stay Mar­ried is com­ing soon to Net­work Ten.

isa Mc­cune con­sid­ers her­self a sto­ry­teller, not a celebrity. As such, she would pre­fer to re­main a closed book. “I haven’t got a lot to say about my­self – but so much to say on ev­ery­thing else,” she tells Stel­lar with a laugh.

“Over the last cou­ple of years I made a de­ci­sion that while my kids are teenagers – and I feel re­ally strongly about this – my story af­fects their sto­ries,” she says of the three chil­dren she shares with for­mer hus­band Tim Dis­ney. “So un­til they get to a point where they are liv­ing their own lives, I have de­cided to be very quiet about mine.”

Yet the four-time Gold Lo­gie win­ner ad­mits it can be a chal­lenge to stay silent – such as when she was pho­tographed kiss­ing her South Pa­cific co-star Teddy Tahu Rhodes in 2012, set­ting off the ru­mour mill in earnest. “The peo­ple in this in­dus­try whose ca­reers I ad­mire, I re­ally don’t know that much about their pri­vate lives,” she says. “I think it helps with peo­ple watch­ing you. They’re not think­ing about an ar­ti­cle they might have read. Some­times they can know a bit much.”

Mc­cune, 47, is be­mused when she re­calls once be­ing pur­sued by the pa­parazzi as she left the shops with a haul of toi­let pa­per. “I see the Kar­dashi­ans look­ing glam­orous and there’s me com­ing out of Coles with my bog roll,” she quips. “You’ve got to have a sense of hu­mour about these things or they’ll eat you alive. I think we like to see peo­ple fall and then see them rise from the ashes and then see them fall again. I just de­cided that the drama I wanted to have in my life is on­screen. So I will hap­pily talk for days about my mar­riage to Peter Hel­liar.”

It’s a mar­i­tal union that has come from Mc­cune team­ing up with The Project co-host to play a wed­ded cou­ple in Net­work Ten’s new sit­com How To Stay Mar­ried, repris­ing char­ac­ters they first played in Hel­liar’s 2013 en­sem­ble se­ries It’s A Date. “I am bat­ting well above my av­er­age in real life and now on­screen as well,” Hel­liar tells Stel­lar of his co-star. “Lisa could have come on to set and put on airs and graces be­cause, hey, she’s Lisa Mc­cune. But she is quite sim­ply the nicest per­son – and ut­terly pro­fes­sional.”

Mc­cune is equally en­am­oured with Hel­liar, mar­vel­ling at his abil­ity to si­mul­ta­ne­ously write, di­rect, pro­duce and per­form. But she is no slouch in

the jug­gling depart­ment, either, head­ing straight from the How To Stay Mar­ried set every day to ap­pear on­stage in Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany’s Glo­ria.

As for her three chil­dren – sons Archer, 17, Oliver 14, and daugh­ter Remy, 13 – she tells Stel­lar they re­main res­o­lutely unim­pressed by her sta­tus as one of Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion’s lit­eral golden girls. “I think they all sat around laugh­ing once watch­ing an old episode of Blue Heel­ers that they found some­where,” Mc­cune says.

“I don’t re­ally talk about my work with them much be­cause it’s their time. I don’t want what I do, which can be pub­lic, to over­shadow any­thing they’re do­ing. The per­son who is in their lives is not who I am on­screen. They see me in the kitchen every morn­ing, mak­ing break­fast and putting lunches to­gether. I’m the one at home with them at night. Or in the gar­den… just be­ing my daggy self.”

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