8:30pm Wednesday, May 18 on TV One
Kiwi actress Hannah Marshall joins the cast of Packed To The Rafters, as Carbo’s new love interest, Loretta Schembri, tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE.
No stranger to Kiwi screens, Marshall, who has starred in local productions Diplomatic Immunity, Burying Brian, and Amazing Extraordinary Friends, says she was grateful, and a little shocked to get a role on the popular Australian series. “It is truly amazing, I love the character – she is quirky and fun, with a good heart. She is a free spirit and eternal optimist, but has an intelligence and truth that makes her endearing.”
While Marshall says she’s never tried online dating herself, she says her character, Loretta, meets Carbo (George Houvardas) when he decides to go wife-hunting on the internet. Breaking rule number one, Carbo tells her his address for their first face-to-face meeting, and when they meet, it is love at first sight.
“Loretta and Carbo just click, they understand each other and connect on a level neither of them have experienced before,” says Marshall.
Witnessing this first meeting, Melissa (Zoe Ventoura) is amazed, but also concerned for Carbo. Ben (Hugh Sheridan) for his part, worries Loretta may be a con artist or, and he’s only half-joking, a serial killer. But love is in the air, and neither Carbo nor Loretta takes any notice of the spoilsports. The thunderbolt has struck for both of them – and Carbo won’t listen to a word of caution.
Describing her character in detail, Marshall says, “Loretta can have a tendency to say the wrong thing, but it is always coming from a good place. She is a believer in alternative therapies, but would never make people listen to her theories if they weren’t open to them. She reads people really well, but this sensitivity can also make her feel like an outsider.”
While Loretta may feel like an outsider at times, Marshall says the Packed To The Rafters cast, including fellow Kiwi actors Rebbeca Gibney and Erik Thomson, have made her feel nothing but welcome.
“Working with the Rafters cast is amazing. Not only are they all extremely talented, they are incredibly generous and warm. They are a really close cast and have totally welcomed me into the fold – I feel very, very lucky.”
Elsewhere on Packed To The Rafters tonight, Dave Rafter (Thomson) prides himself on being easy going and uncomplicated, but when a number of knockbacks occur in rapid succession, life teaches him no human ever has total control of things – and Dave’s easy going ability to roll with the punches fails him. Not all is going to plan for Rachel (Jessica Marais) either, as she settles in to her new job at EMB Agency. Although she succeeds in impressing her new boss, her new colleague Liam, who was in contention for the job that Rachel got, seems friendly on the surface, but is out to make work difficult.