It’s been six years since Jodi Anasta appeared on Home and Away and now she’s making her soap comeback on the long running drama Neighbours.
“As an actor in Australia, I am thrilled to be working,” Anasta told a publication yesterday. “The biggest hurdle for me right now is will my brain fit all these scripts in and will I deliver. Literally all I’ve been doing is sitting in my hotel room, learning my scripts, learning my lines and trying to get back into the motion of TV script learning.”
Anasta, 31, who played Martha MacKenzie on Home and Away from 2005 to 2010 also won a Logie for most popular new talent.
She will play teacher Elly Conway on Neighbours with her appearance scheduled for July 2016. It’s understood she’s signed on for 3 years with the soap and it will mean the actress will commute between Sydney and Melbourne.
Asked to describe her character on the show, Anasta said: “We’ve all got a mysterious past don’t we? Elly is the fun, feisty unpredictable niece of Susan and Karl Kennedy.
She is an English teacher, which is amazing because I get to play out one of my childhood dreams of being a teacher and I get to have fun and be a little bit naughty.
She is a little bit wild and has an unconventional way of teaching so all these great layers of naughtiness but with a heart of gold.”
Anasta split from her husband Braith last year and says that the network has been very accommodating with her filming schedule. Her daughter Aleeia is her first priority and she endeavours to be there for her as much as she can.
“They pretty much pack a whole week of work into a few days for me,” she said.
“They understand that Aleeia is my priority, which says a lot about their family values and how they operate with their actors.
“I find it so incredible that they are allowing me to fulfil a dream but they’re also letting me be the best mum I can.”
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