It is wonderful. We have have a great time, Tom and I, and he can be quite cheeky when he wants to be. From day one we have always had a great synergy with each other and don't have to do the scene 20 times, it just works.
We've already seen visits from Lolly and Kathy would you like any of Lauren's other relatives, such as her siblings Guy and Mai Ling, to visit?
Sure! I think there is always room to have more people, and it jolts the story line up.
We've recently seen Taylor Glockner leave the show after a year playing Mason. What was it like to say goodbye to one of your screen children?
It was actually really hard because I had been his real champion throughout the story lines and for Lauren it was very difficult so I think they worked that story really well. I had worked with Taylor before so I don't feel like I'll never see him again,
that's just the way the industry works, you always bump into people.
Who are you closest to in the cast?
I'm really close to Colette (Sheila), Rebekah (Terese) and Eve (Sonya) but I have contact with everyone in the cast. We don't live in each others' pockets but you do meet up socially at events and no matter who it is, we're always pleased to see each other
Earlier this year, viewers saw Lauren find out that the daughter she presumed had died at birth was actually adopted out. The response from fans, regarding your performance in
these episodes, has been overwhelmingly positive. What was it like to film those scenes?
I realized that I had to give this story a lot of gravitas and go in there and really push the envelope, and Scotty Major was directing and he was really keen to do that as well. We wanted to honour the magnitude of the story and I was really happy where
we ended up with it.
Would you like to see Tina
Bursill return again as Kathy?
I would love to work with Tina again, we had a great working relationship.
Were you aware, when you first joined, that the long-term plan was for Lauren and Brad to have had a baby together?
No, I had no idea. That was not part of the plan but I'm so glad they did because it's taken us on this incredible journey which has been fantastic to play.
Can you give us any hints about what's to come for Lauren as the story continues?
Lauren does discover who her daughter is but not before quite a bit of heartbreak, and there are lots of other juicy bits coming from the Brad, Terese and Matt fall-out.
And finally, as it approaches its 7000th episode and 30th anniversary, what do you
think accounts for Neighbours' enduring success?
I think the characters and story lines, and it's very family orientated which viewers can relate to. And if you write it and cast it well, they will come. It has an incredibly loyal following and there are opportunities all the time to spike the story lines
with lots of surprises and special guests and events.
Interview by Steve. Added on 24th May 2014