Love in the air at Summer Bay?
Catherine Mack plays Natalie in Home and Away. Picture: Supplied by Seven.

Hints at a romance between Natalie Davison and Darryl "Brax" Braxton have been simmering on Home and Away for a few weeks.

But could they be Summer Bay's hot new couple?

"They're definitely very attracted to each other and there's a spark," says Catherine Mack, who plays Natalie, the town's high school counsellor.

"Whatever's happening now is happening organically."

If the show's teasers are to be believed, the sparks between Natalie and Brax are set to catch alight tonight.

Forced to raise money quickly to pay off his father, Danny, Brax is caught in the middle of a drug deal.

Will he turn to Natalie for support if it all goes pear-shaped?

"There's a lot of big things coming up," is all that Mack will say.

Since arriving in the Bay in May, Natalie has become involved with the River Boys after she took Casey Braxton (Lincoln Younes) under her wing during his troubles at school.

And her concern for the three Braxton brothers - which can sometimes come across as stickybeaking - has led to a closeness with Brax (Steve Peacocke).

"I feel so lucky that Natalie has been written into the storyline involving such popular characters, and especially with Steve, because he's such a great person to work with," she says.

Brax's romantic life has been put on the backburner since the death of the much-beloved Charlie Buxton (Esther Anderson) at the beginning of the year.

With all signs indicating that Natalie could be the woman who will mend his broken heart, Mack says she isn't worried about any backlash from Charlie fans.

"All of that is really out of my control completely," she says.

"It's not something I concern myself with. I hope that they (the fans) like the character, of course.

"I guess I'm just focusing on what's happening now and doing the best that I can and the rest of it is really out of my hands."

Before her role on Home and Away, Mack - who is originally from Melbourne - had guest roles on Blue Heelers and Winners & Losers.

Last year she spent four months studying at William H. Macy's Atlantic Acting School in Los Angeles, working with the likes of David Mamet and Felicity Huffman.

She filmed an audition tape in the bathroom of her Los Angeles apartment and hasn't looked back since returning to Australia last December.

"I thought that I would go back to LA at least to pack up my stuff but I didn't have a chance," she says.

"My beautiful house-mate packed up everything for me and sold my car for me."

Home and Away is her first major role and Mack plans to stick around for as long as she can.

"It's such an amazing feeling to be working consistently," she says.

"We work so fast and you often don't get a rehearsal, just a handful of takes, it's the best training in the world."

Home and Away airs today at 7pm on Seven/GWN7.

The West Australian

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