Mackenzie Hargreaves has had fairly the time on Neighbours already.
From her transgender journey to the darker internet sequence Erinsborough Excessive, we’ve seen her on the forefront of some memorable storylines and with the character now a part of the common forged, there’s much more to return from her.
This week sees the character proceed to expertise issues together with her alternative of latest housemate, the troublesome Mannix who has already prompted quite a few issues for a number of Ramsay Road residents.
Mackenzie has informed her aunt that she resides with the Rebecchi household, however secretly she hasn’t moved anyplace and as a substitute bought somebody in to assist pay the payments.
RadioTimes.com completely caught up with Georgie Stone about Mannix and all issues Mackenzie, previous, current and future.
If you first joined the present final yr, how did you deal with approaching such a delicate story that was so private to you? Did that make it simpler or more durable?
There have been instances it was very emotional. Some scenes I discovered fairly troublesome to do as a result of they have been so harrowing – like when Mackenzie is outed by Yashvi. However as a first-time actor, it was nice to have a task I may connect with and I had shared experiences with. That made it simpler.
What was it like filming the Erinsborough Excessive spin-off? Was there a special feeling on set for that and might we maintain out hope for a sequel?
It undoubtedly felt like its personal world, which I actually liked. It felt totally different as a result of there was such an emphasis on character, not simply plot. All of us bought a possibility to discover our characters in methods we hadn’t had the chance to earlier than. I don’t know if there might be a season two however I actually hope there’s. I might love that!
When did you discover out the producers wished you full time and what was it like filming your first-ever opening credit shot?
I discovered I used to be becoming a member of the principle forged after we have been in the center of taking pictures E-Excessive, so about mid-August 2019. It was two weeks earlier than my first episode was going to air, and it was completely surreal. And filming the opening credit was a lot enjoyable, besides my heels saved sinking into the grass on Ramsay Road so I saved falling over. I don’t assume I regarded very sleek!
Neighbours has a stunning teen group of regulars in the intervening time with you, Harlow and Hendrix. Can we anticipate you to share the display so much going ahead, and can we see extra Richie?
I like the teenager group! I feel there’s a very nice dynamic, and we undoubtedly have some nice scenes developing. I additionally love Mackenzie and Richie’s relationship (Michie? I feel?) and we might be seeing extra of these two in the subsequent few months!
The story of Mackenzie’s transgender journey has been extraordinarily nicely acquired. Will we see one other concentrate on this side of her life quickly?
There may be undoubtedly extra of that to return. We simply wish to be sure that it comes up once more naturally – our predominant intention is to inform this story authentically and respectfully, and we wish to discover extra of who Mackenzie is outdoors of that. However there’s a storyline developing that I do love, so I sit up for that!
Many have, fairly rightly, referred to as you an inspiration for a way you’ve performed your self and all that you just’ve achieved to boost consciousness on key points. How does it really feel to have helped so many individuals and does a level of strain include that?
I’m actually glad that I’ve helped folks. I wish to be useful! Principally the strain I really feel is strain I placed on myself as a result of I wish to do the precise factor. However I’m glad that this chance I’ve is permitting me to not solely do one thing I like, but additionally assist educate folks too, and in addition give hope to those that can connect with Mackenzie and to me. I really feel very fortunate.
Right here in the UK, we’re watching as Mackenzie will get the housemate from hell in Mannix. What are you able to inform us about how worrying issues get for her while residing with him?
Issues escalate very shortly. Lots of the drama is centred round the truth that Mackenzie is oblivious to who Mannix actually is, and the way a lot danger she is in. Issues will come to a head quickly, and it shakes Mackenzie to her very core. I can’t await folks to see it!
The place do you see Mackenzie in the longer term? Do you might have a imaginative and prescient of the place you desire to her to finish up?
I hope she continues down the legislation profession path. There are such a lot of story potentialities that would come from that path! I additionally hope Mackenzie continues to develop and turns into extra assertive as she will get older. Proper now she harbours a variety of self-doubt and disgrace. I hope she begins to develop out of that and turns into a assured and succesful individual!
And eventually, what are you able to inform us about what’s to return for Mackenzie in the approaching months?
Oh, a lot! She is in for an emotional roller-coaster, I can let you know that! Her dilemma is centred round worrying about her future, and what’s in retailer for her, while additionally grappling together with her previous. She remains to be discovering her footing and understanding her place in the world, like so many younger folks. It’s fairly fascinating to see.
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