Home and Away’s Olivia Deeble reveals what it was like working with Eric Bana on The Orchard

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She is best known for playing Raffy Morrison in the iconic soap opera Home and Away.

And now, Australian actress Olivia Deeble is celebrating the release of her new Audible series, The Orchard, opposite Eric Bana, Magda Szubanski and Gary Sweet.

The 19-year-old said she was amazed to work with Chopper star Eric on the supernatural murder mystery podcast.

Exciting new project: Australian actress Olivia Deeble celebrates the release of her new series Audible, The Orchard, opposite Eric Bana, Magda Szubanski and Gary Sweet

“I got to see him a bit, he’s adorable, I’ve always been a huge fan of him,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

“He’s hilarious and I think he’s amazing and I was really excited to work with him.

“Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we had to keep our distance – one person entered and another came out [in the recording studio], but we had a few scenes together. I really enjoyed working alongside him, I think he’s great. He had a lot to do and he did it well.

Olivia said she also enjoys working with Kath and Kim star Magda Szubanski and Gary Sweet of House Husbands.

“And another part of wanting to do that was the Australian cast, Magda, one of my favorite Australian actors and Gary worked a lot with my family,” she added.

Olivia is a third generation actress; her mother is actress Kate Gorman, the daughter of the late actor and Sullivans star Reg Gorman.

Star-closed: Olivia said she also enjoys working with Kath and Kim star Magda Szubanski

Star-closed: Olivia said she also enjoys working with Kath and Kim star Magda Szubanski

Family Ties: Olivia is a third generation actress;  her mother is actress Kate Gorman, daughter of the late actor and Sullivans star Reg Gorman (pictured here)

Family Ties: Olivia is a third generation actress; her mother is actress Kate Gorman, daughter of the late actor and Sullivans star Reg Gorman (pictured here)

Olivia said that coming from a family of actors not only made her appreciate the art, but also determined to work hard for them.

“I expect I can be as hardworking as they are, and especially since my grandfather recently passed away, I want his name to be pronounced and highly regarded,” she said.

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In The Orchard, Eric plays a detective named Adam Durwood who is investigating a mysterious murder at a girls’ high school. Olivia plays a schoolgirl named Thalia.

The teen star said making the show is both fun and hard work.

Olivia suffers from dyslexia, a learning disability that means people can have difficulty reading.

“It was a lot more tiring in terms of endurance than I expected, because you try so hard with your voice. You focus all of your energy on your voice and your lines, ”she explained.

“It’s just really different and really different on screen too. I’m dyslexic, something I’ve struggled with for a while and because it’s an audiobook. And with acting, it doesn’t matter if your line isn’t 100% because you have a visual component, but because you are telling a story, you have to be very clear with what you are saying ” , she added.

“There was a lot of preparation time.

Meanwhile, Olivia said she was grateful for her time, Home and Away, and the fans who have followed her since appearing on the show.

She continued to star in Disney’s Secret Society of Second Born Royals and prior to her stint at Home and Away, she worked on the television show Little Lunch.

“It was absolutely amazing, I’m so lucky I got to do it so young,” she said of the soap.

“I learned so much more than I sort of could anywhere else. How to learn lines very quickly and be flexible.

“The Home and Away fans are so dedicated and lovable and I appreciate the time there so much – I had amazing mentors, Emily Symons and James Stewart.”

The orchard is part of Audible’s new Plus catalog; a selection of thousands of songs to listen to at will now included in the subscription, at no additional cost.

Find out more: The Orchard is part of Audible's new Plus catalog

Find out more: The Orchard is part of Audible’s new Plus catalog

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