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Neighbours Weekend: Interviews - Kimberly Davies

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Digital Spy chats with Neighbours actress Kimberly Davies, who reprises her role of Annalise Hartman for the 20th anniversary episodes.

Annalise is centre of the plotline for the episodes, which revolves around a documentary she is making about Ramsay Street and its residents, both past and present.

How did you feel when you were asked to return to the show?

"Surprised! I thought about it for a week. I’d just had a baby, and I didn’t know if I wanted to go back to work. But then I thought back over my whole time there and remembered what a fun, positive experience it was. So I decided why not, it’ll be great to see everyone again."

What was it like walking back on to set after such a long time?

"It was great. It wasn’t hard at all. Most of the crew were the same, which was really nice. I knew some of the cast – Jackie, Alan, Tom, Ryan, Ian Rawlings, Melissa Bell – but
of course there were lots of new faces. I think the couches in the green room were the only things that were different!"

How has Annalise changed over the years?

"Annalise is more settled, she’s still got her conniving ways about her and knows how to be a bitch. But she’s happy in her personal life – she’s married to Sam and very much in love with him, and very happy in her career. She’s now working for the BBC and is making a documentary about Ramsay Street – that’s why she’s back."

Talk us through Annalise’s return...

"She walks into the general store looking for Lou Carpenter. She knows that Lou would be the perfect person to help research her documentary. She realises very quickly that Lou is hiding from her, though she doesn’t know why. She then encounters Harold. She hasn’t actually met him before – he was presumed dead during her years on the show! She tells him why she’s there and that she wants him to be in the documentary."

How does she pitch the documentary?

"She says that the documentary is about how a small community can shape the lives of people. It delves into the history of the street, all the people who have lived there and what they are doing now. It’s a bit like a reality show. Annalise has been all over the world and tracked people down. In the beginning, we’re not sure if it’s going to be a positive documentary or not. She’s asking lots of questions and, to some people, it looks like she’s trying to dig the dirt."

What did you think of the storyline?

"I thought it was great.When they first asked me to come back I wondered how they would do it and tie all the other people in together. I think it’s been done in a really clever way."

You’ve been based in the US for the past few years – why have you decided to return to Oz?

"I love America. I wouldn’t be leaving if it wasn’t for family.You can’t replace that. I love my house and I love my friends, but home is where the heart is. It’s very hard moving about. My husband, Jason, is coming back and doing a fellowship in Sydney for a year. It’ll be a big transition, but I think it’s the right thing … I hope it is! I love being around my family, and all my sisters have kids, who are the same age as mine." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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