The singing de­tec­tive

Geraldine Hakewill tells Stel­lar about life on the road with Re­becca Gib­ney, over­com­ing nerves to sing on stage – and her new star turn as a ’60s sleuth

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - Pho­tog­ra­phy DANIEL NADEL Styling IRENE TSOLAKAS Interview ADRI­ENNE TAM

Fwoul­dor the past three years, Geraldine Hakewill has been on the run. All around Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Thai­land, Thelma and Louise-style, with fel­low ac­tor Re­becca Gib­ney at her side. And she’s got­ten paid for it, too – it’s part of her job on the Seven Net­work’s pop­u­lar crime drama Wanted. But one has to won­der, mone­tary perks aside: given the choice, who she’d want to go on the run with in real life.

“Bill Mur­ray!” the 31-year-old tells Stel­lar. “I don’t know why but I think he would be re­ally amus­ing. You hear those sto­ries of him go­ing up to people on the street and tak­ing a bite out of their sand­wich and say­ing, ‘No-one will ever be­lieve you.’ I’d quite like to be on the run with some­one like that.”

Af­ter a mo­ment, she re­con­sid­ers what she just said, and cor­rects her­self. “I’d prob­a­bly take my boyfriend [fel­low ac­tor Mark Win­ter] with me. That be the prac­ti­cal thing to do.”

Not that she hasn’t thor­oughly en­joyed her time with Gib­ney – de­spite the fact her co-star is one of Aus­tralia’s most-liked per­son­al­i­ties, even Hakewill was sur­prised by how quickly their friend­ship firmed. “You meet so many people in this job and you do con­nect for a short pe­riod of time. It’s rare to take some­one fur­ther into your life,” she ex­plains. “But Re­becca’s [some­one] I will be friends with for­ever. She is the loveli­est hu­man be­ing. As a young ac­tress, I have a lot of self-doubt and self-crit­i­cism. She has no time for it. Be­ing around that en­ergy is in­spir­ing.”

The feel­ing goes both ways. “Geri has an al­most ethe­real qual­ity about her, but she’s also a to­tal goof­ball, which I love,” Gib­ney tells Stel­lar. “I don’t think I’ve laughed as much on a set as I did with Geri and I re­ally

March last year and this month will ap­pear in a Syd­ney stage play called The Rise & Fall Of Lit­tle Voice, per­form­ing in the man­ner of fa­mous di­vas like Judy Gar­land, Bil­lie Hol­i­day and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. “Singing is a big part of my life,” she says. “But be­cause I’m im­per­son­at­ing these women, I can al­most hide a lit­tle bit. It’s al­most less ex­pos­ing as singing as your­self, which I do have to do at the end of the show – that’s prob­a­bly the scari­est mo­ment, weirdly.

“Mu­sic means shar­ing a very per­sonal part of your­self,” she con­tin­ues. “But it touches some­thing pri­mal. It con­nects you with people in­stantly.” And stage fright has rarely got­ten the bet­ter of her. “I know I’m push­ing my­self out­side my com­fort zone, but I never had de­bil­i­tat­ing nerves like some people I know.” If any­thing, Hakewill says, she wel­comes a bit of un­ease. “I’ve got so many things at the ge­n­e­sis stage – I’d like to put my en­ergy into mak­ing them hap­pen. But I’d also like to give my­self per­mis­sion to make some mis­takes.” Ms Fisher’s Mod­ern Mur­der Mys­ter­ies pre­mieres this month on the Seven Net­work.

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