“To go from growing up in London, to going to [Perth], with its beautiful beaches, parrots in the trees – and then to go back to England and be sharing a bus with, like, 25 million people! It was like, ‘What?’”
Brune-Franklin returned to Australia last September specifically to film Bad Mothers. She says she couldn’t resist the role of free-spirited Bindy. “I was over in England, they got me to read for a different part. And I was like, ‘No! I don’t want to read for this part, I want to be Bindy!’
“I didn’t hear anything for ages, and then they were like, ‘Yeah, they want to offer you the role of Bindy,’ and I was like, ‘What? Oh my God! I thought this was done!’ ”
The actress is determined to continue to split her time between the UK and Australia, where her partner, who she met while working on Doctor Doctor (he was a producer), is based.
So what’s it like having a long-distance relationship? “If you want a relationship to work, you will launch straight into long distance,” she muses. “Which is also awesome, because you get to travel, and meet up in all these great places, and it’s really cool.
“I am lucky I found the right person. We don’t find it difficult at all – it’s a part of us now, which is really cool.”