Hugh Sheridan admits he was hesitant to re-record Back to the Rafters without Jessica Marais

Hugh Sheridan admits he was hesitant to film the Back to the Rafters reboot without co-star Jessica Marais after she pulled out due to mental health reasons










He co-starred with Jessica Marais in Packed To The Rafters for six years.

And Hugh Sheridan says he was initially hesitant to film the show’s new reboot, Back To The Rafters, without his best friend and co-star.

Last year, fans were shocked when Jessica pulled out of the highly anticipated Amazon Prime reboot due to mental health reasons.

Not sure: Hugh Sheridan has admitted he was hesitant to film the Back to the Rafters reboot without co-star Jessica Marais

How do you replace Jess Marais? How can you replace Rachel? And I wasn’t even sure myself,” he said.

‘But then the beautiful Georgina Haig intervenes. She knew there was pressure to play this character, but she did a great job. She loves Rachel and she loves Jess and she often asked me about Jess and checked in with her. .’

Jessica was initially set to reprise her role as Rachel Rafter, having previously starred in the much-loved Channel Seven drama from 2008 to 2013.

Last year, fans were shocked when Jessica pulled out of the highly anticipated Amazon Prime reboot Back To The Rafters due to mental health reasons.

How do you replace Jess Marais?  How can you replace Rachel?  And I wasn't even sure myself,

How do you replace Jess Marais? How can you replace Rachel? And I wasn’t even sure myself,” he said. Pictured Hugh and Jessica

Jessica’s former co-star Angus McLaren gave an update on how she’s doing earlier this month.

“Jessica is doing well… it was good to see her in Sydney,” the Melbourne actor told the Daily Mail Australia.

“Yes, we definitely missed her on set, but the good thing about Jess is that she lived quite close to me when I was in Sydney. So I’ve really seen her, I really have a lot of love for Jess,” he added.

The beloved Channel 7 series returns to Amazon Prime on September 17.

Reboot: Jessica was initially slated to reprise her role as Rachel Rafter, having previously starred in the much-loved Channel Seven drama from 2008 to 2013

Reboot: Jessica was initially slated to reprise her role as Rachel Rafter, having previously starred in the much-loved Channel Seven drama from 2008 to 2013

The new series is set in the present day — six years after the show’s final season.

According to a synopsis on Mumbrella, “Dave and Julie have created a new life in the country with youngest daughter Ruby, while the older Rafter kids face new challenges and Grandpa Ted struggles to find his place.

While Dave enjoys his new-found freedom, Julie must reconcile her responsibilities with the family. They may not be under the same roof, but the same honesty, love and laughter now bind them closer than ever before.’

Out: Last year, fans were shocked when Jessica pulled out of the highly anticipated Amazon Prime reboot Back To The Rafters due to mental health reasons

Out: Last year, fans were shocked when Jessica pulled out of the highly anticipated Amazon Prime reboot Back To The Rafters due to mental health reasons

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