Ac­tor Re­becca Massey on the won­ders of wa­ter

A decade on, this ac­tor’s work is gain­ing a fresh fol­low­ing on the ABC

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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

Guy De­grenne Salam tea pot This tea pot is un­real be­cause it gives me two large steam­ing cups of tea ev­ery morn­ing, with­out which noth­ing hap­pens.

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.

Atollo 233 ta­blelamp I have cov­eted this mas­ter­piece de­signed by Vico Mag­istretti for years. My beau­ti­ful hus­band bought it for me for my birth­day.

Clay Cla sculp­ture of Mishka Mi the dog My daugh­ter made thi this sculp­ture of our gro groo­dle, Mishka, wh when we were in St Peters­burg last y year. My hus­band is Rus­sian and we try to travel there each year.

Nanna Molly’s mo­hair blan­ket It was handed down to me from my Nanna Molly. She was a true char­ac­ter and her lust for life and de­light in a good anec­dote in­spires me to this day.

Le Creuset casse­role dish This was given to me by my dear mum and dad when I moved out of home. I use it in­ces­santly and if I’m feel­ing blue, can cheer my­self up in­stantly by fry­ing some gar­lic in it.

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