Home and Away’s Olivia Deeble Reveals What It Was Like Working With Eric Bana on The Orchard

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 impressed with working with Chopper star Eric on the supernatural murder mystery podcast.

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

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

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

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

'He's sweet, I've always been a big fan of his': The 19-year-old said she was over the moon with Chopper star Eric on the supernatural murder mystery podcast

‘He’s sweet, I’ve always been a big fan of his’: The 19-year-old said she was over the moon with Chopper star Eric on the supernatural murder mystery podcast

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

“And another part of wanting to do it was the Australian cast, Magda, one of my favorite Australian actors and Gary has 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 The Sullivans star Reg Gorman.

Star-studded: Olivia said she also likes to hang out with Kath and Kim star Magda Szubanski.  worked

Star-studded: Olivia said she also likes to hang out with Kath and Kim star Magda Szubanski. worked

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

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

Olivia said she comes from an acting family, which makes her not only appreciate the art but also determined to work hard for them.

“I have an expectation that I put on myself that I can work as hard as she does, and especially since my grandfather recently passed away, I want his name to be mentioned and held in high regard,” she said.

In The Orchard, Eric plays a detective named Adam Durwood who investigates a murder mystery at a girls’ school. Olivia plays a schoolgirl named Thalia.

The teen star said making the series was both fun and hard work.

Olivia has dyslexia, a learning disability that can make it difficult for people to read.

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

‘It’s just very different and also very different to screen. I’m dyslexic, something I’ve struggled with for a while and because it’s an audio book. And with acting, it’s okay if your line isn’t 100 percent, because you have a visual component, but because you’re telling a story, you have to be very clear in what you’re saying,” she added.

“There was a lot of preparation time.”

Looking back: Olivia says she is grateful for her time and Home and Away and for the fans who have followed her since she appeared on the show

Looking back: Olivia says she is grateful for her time and Home and Away and for the fans who have followed her since she appeared on the show

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

She starred in Disney’s Secret Society of Second Born Royals and worked on the TV show Little Lunch before her time on Home and Away.

“It was absolutely incredible, I’m so lucky to have been able to do it so young,” she said of the soap.

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

“The Home and Away fans are so devoted and sweet and I am so grateful for my time there – I had wonderful mentors, Emily Symons and James Stewart.”

The Orchard is part of Audible’s new Plus catalog; a selection of thousands of listen-all-you-want titles now included in the membership, at no extra cost.

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

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

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