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
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.