Actor Rebecca Massey on the wonders of water
A decade on, this actor’s work is gaining a fresh following on the ABC
Comedic actor Rebecca Massey has earned a rest, having just wrapped up her role in the play, The Misanthrope, at the Sydney Opera House, but she’s jumped straight back into the fire on a top-secret Foxtel production.
Having backed up a long and distinguished career, Rebecca might have to wait just a little bit longer to kick back and relax in her beautiful cottage.
“We bought the house a while ago, rented it out and saved our pennies, and then spent them all on a renovation,” Rebecca says.
“We opened up the rear of the house and got rid of the double garage at the back.”
Rebecca says she fell in love with the house as soon as she saw it, and is happy that she caved in to good advice and kept the fountain in the backyard.
“I love the tinkle of water, especially in summer when it’s blistering hot,” she says. “My best friend Lucia, being Italian, instinctively knew the joy of a tinkling fountain.
“When we first bought the house I wanted to demolish it, but she wouldn’t let me and threatened to chain herself to it if I tried.”
Rebecca shares the house with her husband Leon Monaco, their daughter Milly, 8, and their dog, Mishka, but is keen on introducing some more pets to the family.
“We’re about to get a kitten and I’m working on persuading my husband that we need a second dog.”
While Rebecca is tight-lipped about the Foxtel production, she can currently be seen in Chandon Pictures with re-runs airing on ABC Comedy. It was shot 10 years ago featuring an incredible cast including comedians Rob Carlton, Ed Kavalee, Angus Sampson, Darren Gilshenan and Josh Lawson.
Words Catherine Nikas-Boulos Pictures Richard Dobson More Chandon Pictures airs on ABC Comedy on Thursday 8pm; m; rebeccamassey.com.au
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Georg Jensen bracelet I was given this by my dearest sister on my 30th birthday when I was performing the play Cloudstreet in London. She took me shopping in Mayfair and I have worn it every day since.
The Papunya Tula by Nancy Nungurrayi This was the first piece of serious art that I purchased. I bought it when I was shooting Chandon Pictures 10 years ago.
Ganesh carving This is our family totem. My husband and I bought this when we were falling in love in India. We each have a Ganesh that we make offerings to. I light incense here every morning.
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