JEMMA’S TIME TO SHINE
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!”