Sometimes, though, looking back can be a wild ride.
Symons: “I look at [old episodes] very fondly. I think that early Marilyn period was really fun and fabulous, and I was so young. It makes me very nostalgic because I think those early years were completely bonkers.”
Nicodemou: “I was at school when the show started, and now I’m in it. It’s been a constant for such a long time. Everyone has a character that they relate to. There are so many life stages of the show.”
McGranger: “When I started on the show [at 39] there was this assumption I knew what I was doing. I didn’t have a bloody clue. Judy Nunn was the queen. She didn’t even have to think about it. It was second nature.”
Nicodemou: “There is a great sense of community. It’s like your happy place, but it tackles some really big issues. Twenty years ago, we didn’t get the respect that we get now. We’ve got a seat at the table, and I like that.”
At the heart of the relationship between these three women is a robust friendship. The fourth member of the quartet, says McGranger, is their co-star Parker. The former A Country Practice and All Saints star was not nominated alongside the trio this year, but she’s not short of a Logie herself, having won six, including two Gold Logies.
One of the central tenets of Home and Away is the way it tells the stories of older women.
“Ada and I naturally gravitate together, and in a way Georgie and Em naturally gravitate together,” says McGranger. “But the four of us all get on very well, and we all share similar interests. We also connect over different things … and talk to each other about all sorts of things.”
Such friendships, in an industry that has not historically or naturally nurtured them, are important, says Symons. “We have a lot of intense chats out the back,” she says. “There’s a little kitchen that we call my office, and that’s where we go and hang. We share everything, books, movies, life. It’s very, very important to me.”
And such friendships start at the top, adds Nicodemou, referring to the show’s executive producer Julie McGauran, producer Lucy Addario and production manager Amber Gardiner. “We have also gone through a lot of life stages together,” adds Nicodemou.
It’s a microcosm of life, chimes in McGranger. “Some people are with you for a reason, some for a season, some for a lifetime,” she says. “With the women on Home and Away, we have a very tight bond. We have our ups and downs, but we are there for each other, and we support each other.”
But with six nominees and one prize, only one of them has a shot at coming up trumps.
Symons: “A win for any of us is a win for the show. So it’s an award for everybody. If any of us wins it, I will be delighted. I’m just delighted to be nominated. I’m beside myself.”
Nicodemou: “I’d love Lynne to win, we all love her and she’s a real icon on Australian TV. But this isn’t a competition. It’s just lovely to be up there.”
McGranger: “Or maybe Julia Zemiro or Kitty Flanagan or Celeste Barber will win. I would love one of us to win. It would be great for the show. And I want the show to win because then that’s something everyone can rejoice in.”
This year’s Logies marks the first time they are back in Sydney after a gap of 37 years. They were previously held in Sydney in 1986; in the intervening years they have been mostly staged in their spiritual home of Melbourne, and for the last three years on the Gold Coast.
Nicodemou: “Sydney will put on a great show, but I remember the Logies in Melbourne, and I think it’s just because I’m just reminiscing about going down on the Saturday [for the weekend]. There’s something about Melbourne that I do really miss.”
Symons: “We’re all a bit disappointed we’re not going away for the weekend because it was our annual school trip. It’s a little different this year, but we’re all still very excited. It is really television’s night of nights for us, particularly me. I don’t get out much.”
McGranger: “I think they belong wherever the actors are assembled to rejoice and to enjoy and to celebrate. Melbourne was an institution. I enjoyed the Gold Coast because it wasn’t as cold. And now, July 30? Could they have picked a colder day in the world? But we’re looking forward to the whole Sydney thing.”
The 63rd Annual TV Week Logie Awards are on Seven and 7Plus, Sunday, July 30, from 7pm.
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