While we’ll have to wait to see exactly what unfolds for the controversial characters, one thing is certain – when the cameras stop rolling their actors will always feel grateful for their time on the internationally loved weeknight series.
“It is the most welcoming environment to step into,” says Emily, who graduated from NIDA in 2013 and has also performed extensively on the theatre stage.
“The cast and the crew are just amazing – walking into the makeup room every morning and being greeted by cuddles and beautiful people around you, asking genuinely how you are.
“You also feel you are living your character, because it’s not a play where you say the same lines every night. Every week you check your scripts, and you’re moving with that and discovering new things.
“There may be times when your character might make decisions that you don’t agree with, but that’s part of playing a role. Most of all, I love television and film and always have done, so this is such a great training ground for me. And I’m really passionate about telling Australian stories.”
As for Jackson, who joined the hit series three years ago, he is just as thankful.
“This show gives you so much time on set to get really comfortable with your craft, as well as working with other actors and a bunch of different directors,” he says.
“It gives you so many great tools to go on with – plus you form friendships with some people who you know will stay in your life forever, and that’s wonderful.
“The show also legitimises you heavily as an actor, which is really lovely, and puts you in the game. It’s hugely life-changing.”
Meanwhile, the big question remains: will we soon be saying our final farewells to Brody and Simone?
“Anything can happen in the Bay,” says Emily with a smile.
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