Home and Away star Jacqui Purvis shares fears over Felicity and Tane scene
Home and Away spoilers follow for Australian-pace episodes, which some UK viewers may prefer to avoid.
Home and Away star Jacqui Purvis has revealed her initial fears over Felicity Newman and Tane Parata's wedding scene.
The couple finally tied the knot in their second attempt during Australian scenes that aired this week, saying their vows in te reo Māori. However, Jacqui has admitted he was nervous about getting it right.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” the star told Stuff. “There was a lot of pressure for me personally. Acting-wise I was just like, ‘I’m going to embarrass myself. All these Kiwis are going to think I’ve butchered their lovely language’.”
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However, the actress said she was "just really grateful and lucky that [she] got the chance to do it", recalling: “The cultural adviser coached me through it and taught me the language and how to say it all properly. It took a lot of hours.
“Unfortunately, we only got a few takes to do it because we didn’t have the time and it was about to rain. We only got two takes and I stuffed up the first one and I was so annoyed because I made so many mistakes.”
The star explained that she also had doubts over whether the wedding would actually happen this time – even right up until filming.
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“There’s always that thing on this job. You don’t believe it until you’re filming because anything can happen," she noted. "They can change the script last-minute. They do and you get thrown a new script to learn at 7am.
“There’s so many things that can change, so even though I knew and I had been told, there was just this little thing in the back of my head that this could still change.”
Jacqui added that it will be a moment she will "probably never forget", as "it was very spiritual and so beautiful to be a part of it".
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The soap also brought on board members of Sydney's Māori community to help advise, the star saying: “The writers did such an amazing job involving all those aspects. And again, I just learned so much. I had no idea about how it all worked so it was just really cool.
“It was definitely a different day on set. There were lots of smiles, this feeling of, ‘Oh my god, we’re actually doing this. We’re doing something really, really interesting, really cool, really exciting – something we should be proud of’.
“Sometimes, work is a bit of a slog or it’s really intense, but then when you have a day like that, it makes it so worth it. You know you’re doing something special."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.45pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR. First-look screenings air at 6.30pm on 5STAR and the show also streams on My5.
In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 and streams on 7plus.
Selected classic episodes are available via Prime Video in the UK.
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