I thought: She’s so obnoxious, she’s such a little princess, everyone will hate her
“I’D never been to the Logies before this year and to be nominated on top of that (Earl was a new talent nominee) was just such a thrill, especially when I talked to my US agent and they were like “Abby, oh my god, it’s a Logie, it’s your Academy Awards”.
My mum was just like, ‘Abs, just don’t do anything that will go viral. Keep your dress up and don’t drink too much’.
My whole family know I’m a bit of a klutz so my sisters were saying, ‘Take your time on the carpet, hold (co-star) Aldo’s hand if you need him’.
A lot of people thought I’d be the Jennifer Lawrence of the Logies so it’s just a relief I made it through, really.
As I was crafting Anna, I thought: ‘She’s so obnoxious, she’s such a little princess, everyone will hate her’. But they didn’t so I feel good about that. I mean, she’s so cheeky to Noni Hazelhurst (above left), I thought people would egg my house.
In second season, I really give her (Noni) hell. It gets pretty dark between us and there were a couple of scenes where afterwards Noni and I would just hug because in real life we’re the dearest friends and I’m actually the age of her sons. We’d just hug and I’d say, ‘Sorry, I hate talking to you like that’ because Anna gets pretty mad at her.
That was hard. Who could be mad at Noni Hazelhurst? You couldn’t ask for better mentors than Noni and Marta (Dusseldorp) and Jenni (Baird). On and off the screen, they have lived up to that.
There are lots of promises made in this industry, but I seem to have been blessed.
Everyone I seem to encounter ... I mean, I try to put up good energy and keep it real and most people seem to respond to that.
Most of the time women give us women a really hard time, but there are women out there who are trying to change that.
We do really need to stick together and I’ve been shown such kindness in this industry, on this series. I feel pretty damn lucky.’’