Following a decade of playing Roo Stewart in Home and Away, Georgie Parker is almost part of the furniture.
In the Summer Bay scene, the 55-year-old actress has her fair share of soap fans watching her character’s every move, a periodic fixture.
Long-time show viewers will know that Roo leaves the Bay occasionally momentarily or is missing from scenes, and Georgie has now clarified why.
Georgie revealed, speaking to Digital Spy, the UK publication, that there is a special clause in her contract that allows her to tap out every now and then.
I love to do theatre, so in my contract they let me take breaks for that. So it’s because whenever Roo goes off in the air, I’m off in a match.It was because I’m playing in Sydney if Roo ever starts teaching outback or so! “She’s sharing.
But Georgie doesn’t seem to be quitting the show to pursue the theatre full time in the near future! The actress also insisted that a steady acting job had blessed her.
She said that I was very lucky that I could say yes to this work, and I’m very fortunate that it’s still going on.
I always wanted it to be a long run, but you say yes to shows like this because they give you the opportunity to knuckle down and get the job done. The pace of working all the time is something I like.
In an interview with New Idea back in 2019, Georgia shared more information about her love for the stage and how she began her career by dipping her toes at Sydney’s acclaimed Ensemble Theatre.
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She said that I was lucky that I could say yes to this work and that it was all happening I was very fortunate.
I found that while I couldn’t really do acting at the time because I was still at school, by watching these great actors do the same play for a long period of time, people like Helen Morse, I could learn a lot.
It was a perfect place for me as a 16-year-old.”I’m still looking back and believe that I remember the moment, and I always remember the lessons I learned to look at these people and value them so much,” he said.