MAILMAN’S OFFSPRING CHARACTER DELIVERS
DEBORAH Mailman has won plaudits for her superlative acting in hard-hitting dramas such as Mabo and Redfern Now but it is Offspring’s Cherie Butterfield that is closest to her heart.
Butterfield is one of the most progressive characters on Australian TV – an indigenous woman who isn’t defined by race but her humanity.
“I think a lot of indigenous actors want to see more of this in terms of casting and characters that aren’t culturally specific,” Mailman says.
“(Producer) John Edwards has a lot to do with that in the way he cast me as Kelly Lewis in The Secret Life of Us. It was a similar idea. It wasn’t about being a blackfella. It was just a woman on the dating scene trying to balance life as it is.”
Last season, Butterfield married Dr Martin Clegg (Lachy Hulme) and moved to the bush. But now they have a longdistance relationship after she returned to St Francis.
The couple has kept the flame alive by sending each other romantic letters. “It is a strange relationship but it works for them,” Mailman says.
“Initially, Cherie was quite freaked out at the idea of Clegg but he pushes her to love life – and apparently their sex life is great.”
By Colin Vickery OFFSPRING WEDNESDAY, 8.30PM, TEN