We may have followed Troy’s immediate family for two seasons, but there were other McLeaveys in town. Namely Ursula, played by the lovely Kristina Benton.
After Nightfall is a huge ensemble cast of interesting and complex characters. Tell us about your character and how they fit into the story.
My character is Ursula McLeavey and she is Troy’s tarot reading aunt.
How did you become involved with After Nightfall and what made you want to be part of it?
Wayne Tunks, the creator and director, and I have been friends for about 8 years now and I have acted in quite a few of his productions here in Melbourne. He’s one of my dearest friends and I pretty much would do anything he asks of me. He asked me to be a part of After Nightfall and I jumped at the chance. I was especially keen due to the series’ strong LGBTIQ+ story lines.
What made you get into acting?
I’ve been acting since I was about 7 years old. My mother couldn’t keep me off the stage so enrolled me in acting classes for kids and from there I joined a touring theatre company. I got bitten by the bug early and it’s never left me.
What is your favourite memory from the set?
My favourite memory on set is the funeral scene of season 2. All us McLeaveys hung out for two days and made each other laugh a lot, which is essential when filming such a heavy scene.
Were you shocked by the killer’s reveal in Season 2?
I did NOT see that coming! I had absolutely no idea and my jaw hit the floor when that I saw that scene. Now, of course, on a rewatch of the first season, all the clues are there.
What do you love most about the role you played?
Ursula has such a lovely heart and she adores her family. She just wants to help however she can.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned or taken away from this project, either personally or professionally?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned is that making your own work is possible in this business and oftentimes better than sitting back and waiting for the work to come. I have the utmost respect for Wayne and the entire crew for their “find a way to do it” attitude. Everyone involved in the project was passionate about it and believed in it, and I think that’s what ensured its success.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me? The world is my oyster! I’m in a feature film called Apparitions which will premiere next year, but in terms of other gigs, I have nothing planned at the moment. However, I find that opportunities always pop up. I’m very lucky to know some very talented people in this business who seem to like working with me (and I with them), so I’m never without a project for long.