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Abby makes her small screen debut

ONE of Batemans Bay's most promising young exports has hit the small screen with a guest role on a primetime television show.

Abby Earl has filmed the part of 16-year-old babysitter Chloe for award-winning pay-TV drama Love My Way, which will screen from late February.

In the episode, Chloe unwittingly creates conflict between two of the main characters Julia and Charlie, after Charlie becomes besotted with their young sitter. Chloe doesn't resurface in the remainder of series three but Abby said there was always potential for a series four.

While used to the camera from doing amateur short films, the scale of television production was very different. Filming the two scenes, originally two minutes and five minutes in length, involved hours in makeup and costuming, two 40-minute rehearsals, and up to 20 takes for each scene.

"It was easy to get swept up in it... but at the same time there's 50 crew waiting for you to get this take right. It's a lot of pressure," Abby said.

It was Abby's first television role and one, she said, that was fun to play, despite being struck down by a nasty virus for two days before and during the filming.

Abby said being on such a critically acclaimed show presented a great opportunity.

"It has won AFIs; in my opinion it's the best Australian drama we've had," she said.

"It stars Claudia Karvan; to work with her will look very good on my CV."

Abby will start soon at the Australian Acting School but will also work part-time to raise funds to travel overseas. Love My Way returns February 26 on Foxtel.

By Diana Cozadinos
February 07, 2007
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