Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar
You recently celebrated your eight-year wedding anniversary with fellow Australian actor and Home And Away alum Luke Mitchell. Is it nice to be able to share your work life so fully with each other?
It really helps to share such wonderful experiences in this industry. Of course we support each other, but we don’t talk work all the time. We know how to chill out and watch a movie and do a puzzle. We’re not always just sitting here, learning lines together [laughs].
You live in Los Angeles now. Do you think you’ll both get back to Australia this year? That’s the golden question. We always want to come home – Sydney is home, and Australia is where we ultimately want to be, but we’re on this adventure right now. We’ve just got to ride this wave and see where it takes us. There’s a lot up in the air with COVID and travel, and we have to wait and see. We hope we can get home sometime this year. You’ve had roles in hit TV shows like Pretty Little
Liars and The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. What big differences have you noticed between US and Australian productions? I’m in awe of what the Seven Network is able to do [on Home And Away], and what they can create in the time they have. They do an incredible job and I have total respect for them.
It’s not too different in terms of the day-to-day on set.
You learn your lines, you turn up to work and you give it your all. That’s what I was doing [for the four years I played Ruby Buckton] on Home And Away and that’s what I do now. You treat every job with respect and an opportunity to learn and get better.
Your new TV series Clarice sees you in the title role of Clarice Starling, the iconic character from the Thomas Harris novels and the 1991 film The Silence Of The Lambs, and its 2001 sequel Hannibal. How does that feel? It feels great. I’m really excited for the premiere. I’m excited for everyone to be able to see what we’ve been doing. My schedule is crazy busy, and my weekends are like gold dust. Every moment that I get to sit on my couch in my robe and just chill out is precious. But driving home at 2am at the end of a 16-hour day, there’s such a feeling of satisfaction. I just can’t wipe the smile off my face, thinking about what we’re making. It’s worth every 5am start, every 4am finish. It’s all worth it. What did you do when you found out you had the role? Luke was waiting to find out about a role as well [he later landed a major part in upcoming series The Republic Of Sarah] and we were both nervous. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves, so we drove to Malibu to see the ocean and sat down to have lunch. The waiter came over to ask what we wanted to drink, and we knew we were going to find out [if I’d got the role] in the next hour, so it was either going to be champagne… or vodka [laughs]. So we went, “Just water for now.” We got the call and, thank God,