> Andy Anderson
2000, Joe Scully was forced to house his brother Mick, who
was suffering from a prolonged period of unemployment and
a crisis in confidence. Prolific guest-actor Andy Anderson
discusses life as a member of the extended Scully clan...
you give us a run-down of your career before guest-starring
I started out as a drummer in dance bands and ended up as
one of the Missing Links. Then into Hair - I started out on
burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff. I got my first television
acting gig playing an acid casualty in a Kiwi soap, Radio
Waves. It was seen by John Barningham, the producer of
The Sullivans, who wanted me to audition for the role of Jim
Sullivan which I scored, and things have progressed - and
regressed - over the years since then...
your resemblance to Shane Connor, was the role of Mick Scully
written with you in mind?
You'd have to ask them that. I had an inkling that that may
have had a hand in it. I'd like to think it was just that
the brighter, better-looking brother comes to town to discover
that charm, looks and brilliance don't make up for being Joe
Average and keeping the family together! Is that what you're
it easy to fit in with the established group of actors playing
the Scully family?
Easy as pie. Very welcoming people. I've been on both sides
of the stepping-into-an-established-cast coin, and it can
be daunting if the regulars don't make a space for you. But
they were terrific.
you feel that Neighbours handled the issue of unemployment
well with the character of Mick?
Incredibly well. Most actors know well how it feels to be
a peacock one day and a feather duster the next. The danger
of hanging your self-worth on what you do rather than what
you are. Mick felt incredible depression and low self-esteem
which I have seen in others and experienced myself when the
gig goes out the window. I actually played a similar character
in a series called Heartbreak High. He lost his job
through drinking and couldn't take the humliation so kept
up a charade to his son that he was going to work everyday.
It added to an already blooming booze problem... Unemployment
can be lethal.
was it like working with Shane Connor again since Fire?
And how scary was he in that when he played the pryomaniac
'Giraffe'? He frightened me, anyway...
Fire was a top show, but it was tough to shoot and
Shane and I went through a trial by Fire, which forged
a pretty good bond - forgive the metaphors! Shane's a focused
and dedicated actor. I agree with you, he nailed the scary
side of Giraffe but he also portrayed the compassionate side.
You went on the journey with him. I'm not a formally trained
actor, so I need to be sure of having solid and genuine motivations
for the roles I'm playing. Shane's probably even more intense
in preparation than I am - he's probably more intense in general! We
bounce off each other pretty well.
you ever been invited back for any of the Scully family events?
How would you feel about it if you were approached?
No, they haven't called and neither has he. Mick loves the
Scullywags and would be there if they needed something - or
he did! - but right now he's busy with his rock band, Silverhair...
Mick never did get his day gig back, so he's not making much
money but he's got high hopes and he's happy!
you still in touch with anybody you worked with on Neighbours?
No. I've been a few thousand K away in Queensland, although
when I won the AFI Award for Halifax, Shane called
my agent and said that it was just another case of mistaken
identity and the award was really his!
Mick were to return, what situations could you see him in
you tell us a little about your career since your work on
In between writing and recording an album. I've played Kevin
- another acid casualty - in Alex Proyas' film Garage Days,
a Texan grid-iron coach in The Junction Boys, with
Tom Berenger and did one scene on the film Black and White
with Robert Carlyle - another very well-prepared, brilliant
actor. This month I start the film Salem's Lot, where
Rob Lowe goes hunting vampires. That's shot in Melbourne so
I'll probably catch up with Shane then.
more information on Andy's career, visit www.andyanderson.com.au
by Steve. Added on 14th June 2003