Although New Zealand actress Anna Hutchison has spent a significant portion of her career of late filming in her homeland, her love of Australia has her longing for another opportunity to be part of our television industry.
Hutchison is perhaps best known to Australian audiences for her portrayal of Alison Dine, the girlfriend of Matthew Newton’s underworld character, Terry Clark, in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
“I love working in Australia, it’s a gorgeous country,” she said. “ I‘ve been really lucky to film in Torquay (Victoria) — it’s a wonderful spot.”
Hutchison has recently auditioned for Australian films and was waiting “to see how that goes”. As for returning for a future Underbelly series, she wasn’t so sure.
“I loved my Underbelly character so much. It was an incredible experience. I had a really cool series and I enjoyed that one,” she said.
It’s another successful Australian drama she has her sights set on: Offspring, which stars her Underbelly co-star Asher Keddie, whom Hutchison described as amazing.
For the meantime, Hutchison is relishing her role as Amy in Go Girls, a quirky drama series set in Auckland, New Zealand.
The series follows the lives of a group of friends — Britta, Cody, Amy, Olivia, Kevin and Brad — who are keen to change their lives.
In season four, a year has passed since the events of season three and the group’s lives have changed dramatically. Amy is entering the legal profession, Kevin’s marriage is on the rocks and Britta is a single mother.
Hutchison said viewers could expect “everything” this season. “We’ve kind of grown up a wee bit. Some of us have relaxed and chilled out a bit,” she said.
“There’s a lot of really exciting stuff going on to watch play out … it’s a very fun series to film.”
Despite 12 months passing since the events of last season, viewers needn’t worry about noticing a huge gap.
“I think it flows on really well. The writers are really gifted … It does not seem weird or anything like that,” Hutchison said. “It returns at the right time for viewers.”
Her character’s foray into the world of law has presented Hutchison with some interesting storylines, one of which involves sexual harassment in the workplace.
“I have got a friend who is a lawyer and he helped me out a lot with how much work you have to do,” she said.
“It was really fun to watch him be absolutely swamped with work.”
The friendships between Hutchison and her co-stars have been a wonderful experience both on and off-screen, she says.
“I have been playing Amy for several years now and you do get a bit attached. This is definitely one of the most fun seasons we have had together,” she said.