JEMMA’S TIME TO SHINE

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his daugh­ter on win­ning the role say­ing: “is an in­cred­i­ble learn­ing curve for any young ac­tor. There are so many great me­mories for me.

“This is Jemma’s mo­ment. My dad had a won­der­ful few years and I’m sure Jemma will also em­brace the ex­pe­ri­ence and hon­our the past.”

It was a past that Jemma had to catch up on with a crash course of footage on the in­ter­net. As a child she was largely obliv­i­ous to

and her fa­ther’s soapie su­per- star­dom.

“I was aware of it ( but never watched it,” Jemma says.

“I feel like such a ter­ri­ble daugh­ter be­cause I’d not watched him in any of it. He wasn’t on when I was watch­ing TV.

“Au­di­tion­ing for the role I started to watch it be­cause I wanted to get an idea of what I was po­ten­tially go­ing into.

“And the other day I started watch­ing clips of my dad be­cause every­one kept ask­ing me: ‘Have you watched any of your dad?’ and I’d say: ‘ No, maybe I should have.’ dreams to Aus­tralia pro­vided she had an ed­u­ca­tion be­hind her. It was while fulfi lling their wishes at school that she re­alised her true pas­sion was in en­ter­tain­ment. And just like her old man, who fa­mously recorded a hit duet with his then­girl­friend Kylie Minogue, Jemma also loves to sing. But, for now, the fo­cus is

Jemma says the Dono­van legacy didn’t weigh too heav­ily on her mind on her fi rst day on set.

“It [the fi rst day] was a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – it al­ways is when you start a new job,” she says. “I was com­ing into a very es­tab­lished cast and a well- oiled ma­chine.

“You’re get­ting to know peo­ple and you’re also hav­ing to in­tro­duce a char­ac­ter who is new and dif­fer­ent.

“Just the amount of scenes they fi lm in one day [is a chal­lenge] … Your char­ac­ter’s do­ing one thing in one week [of episodes] and then the next week she’s do­ing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent but you’ve got to shoot it [the two lots of scenes] on the same day.

“It in­volves all of your emo­tions, all of your skills to bring it [to­gether]. You are never sit­ting back do­ing noth­ing.”

Jemma says while the en­tire cast had been wel­com­ing, she quickly forged bonds with cast­mates Zima Anderson (Roxy) and Olivia Jun­keer (Nashvi).

“They’re girls my age and they’ve been so kind to me,” she says.

“I love be­ing around them. We have a lot of fun to­gether.”

She adds that she also has a lot in com­mon with her char­ac­ter, Har­low, who also hails from the UK and, like her dad Jason’s char­ac­ter, is part of Ram­say Street’s orig­i­nal res­i­dents, the Robin­sons.

“She is the grand­daugh­ter of Paul Robin­son (Ste­fan Den­nis) which is re­ally fun be­cause I get to work with Ste­fan a lot,” she says.

“He has been on the show so long. He has a great un­der­stand­ing of the show. He’s a re­ally good men­tor on the show.

“Har­low is try­ing to get some an­swers and we’ll see if she fi nds any. We shall see!”

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