Morris relies on real house husband

When Julia Morris heads out to work on House Husbands, she doesn't have to worry about who will clean the house or pick up the kids from school.

Because, in an example of life imitating art, she has her own house husband at home - Welsh comedian Dan Thomas.

As a proud "strong working mummy" to daughters Ruby, 7, and Sophie, 5, Morris has starred in the Nine drama for three seasons and will also appear in the recently announced fourth series.

While in Perth on a promotional visit, the entertainment veteran revealed that her own life might even have inspired some of the storylines.

"(Thomas) has been in on writing sessions and they have used some of his ideas," Morris told Access All Areas.

"He is sort of moving away from the house-husband role now the children are at school but when I am working on House Husbands he is at home and he is immaculate at it.

"The real disconnect between the show and what Dan does is that he is very efficient at it. In my mind's eye he never seems to make mistakes - he loves it, he embraces it, he is proud of it."

Morris is excited with the prospect of what will come for her character Gemma in the next season.

The current series saw her "in tears every day" as Gemma struggled to deal with the arrival of her husband Lewis' first wife, played by Rachel Griffiths, forcing Morris to dig deeper into her character's psyche.

"I always used to say people were so involved with their own importance when they say 'as an actor' But as an actor it's been really good to get my teeth into some sadness," the 46-year- old explained.

"It's not very often that your husband cheats on you with his first wife and then you have to go through the emotions of whether or not to keep the family together."

With a diverse career stretching from her time on Full Frontal in the 1990s to The Celebrity Apprentice and Australia's Got Talent in recent years, Morris is no stranger to being stopped on the street by fans.

Gemma's troubles means she is embraced by the public now more than ever, with viewers eager to trash her on-screen husband Gary Sweet.

"Being in people's homes for so many years and in so many different ways, nobody wants to be turned away if they have enough guts to approach you," she said.

"They want to have the same conversation because they feel like they have known me for years."

House Husbands airs on Mondays at 8.40pm on Nine/WIN.

The West Australian

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