It was 2 O'clock in the afternoon
for me in the UK - and about midnight in Australia for Tasneem as we began chatting.
that Tasneem spent two weeks on the set rehearsing, but admits, "Oh,
I was as nervous as hell!" Her first day in front of the camera
as her new character was a bit of a waste of time - it turned out that they
never even used the footage in the final cut of the episode! "I
was being interviewed by a news crew for the storyline about Thania's artwork
that offended Sarah - a crucified Koala, tasteful, eh?"
Often when actors play a
character, particularly if they are doing so for any length of time in a series,
elements of themselves mix with the character. I asked Tasneem if this were
true for Thania,
I asked Tas if she had ever
considered getting a tattoo in real life, "I've thought
about it, but to be honest, there is no design that I am really drawn to at
the moment, it would have to be quite special."
to Heartbreak High - Tasneem recalls her favourite storyline from her time on
the show, "I really enjoyed the storyline with Petra,
who played a deaf student who turns out to be a teacher. That was really interesting.
We had a man on set tutoring Annalise about sign language, and a couple of actors
who were deaf or partially deaf in one scene."
We then discussed the possibilities
if they'd have kept Petra on as a main character. Tasneem pointed out that, "The script writers introduce lots of fascinating
characters that remain only as guests." I wondered if Tas was referring
to her earlier appearance as Mariel!!
asked Tasneem what storyline she would have come up with for Thania if she had
been writing Heartbreak High. "I would love to have
done some active stuff, like Karate or kickboxing."
In her latest role, as Skye
on Head Start, Tasneem has to pash Garth Holcombe every now and then, "Garth
is such an excellent guy, he did his best to make me feel comfortable about
it. I was a lot easier when I got to know him a little better - you wonder what
all the fuss is about!"
Heartbreak High ended three
years ago now and Tasneem admitted that the last day wasn't great, "Oh,
I remember quite a feeling of sadness in the air." She was actually
in the last scene of the block, where Marco tells Thania he doesn't want to
be with her anymore (watch that scene here).
think the director (Steve
Mann) planned it to get an emotional response out of us.
It was a weird day, because we weren't sure if we were going to do another series
or not - still waiting for the news."
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