Neighbours’ Annie Jones has detailed her character Jane Harris’ reaction to the school fire chaos.
In next week’s episodes, Freya Van Dyke’s Zara Selwyn will become the assumed culprit, with even her mum Amy Greenwood (played by Jacinta Stapleton) doubting the teenager’s innocence.
Speaking to Inside Soap, the Erinsborough High principal performer said that Jane will take the matter personally after endless pranking from her students.
“The fire flabbergasts Jane – she virtually freezes on the spot and doesn’t know what to do,” Jones told the publication.
“She feels it’s personal; she believes the fire and all these other pranks are aimed at her. But this could put other people in danger, and so she feels terribly guilty about that.”
Amidst the drama, has she been offering young co-star Van Dyke and other newcomers any acting advice?
“When I was their age, I never got advice as such. I worked with the likes of Vivean Gray (Mrs Mangel), Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop) and Anne Haddy (Helen Daniels) – all those wonderful, older actors – but they never gave advice.
“You just learned by watching and listening and absorbing, just their approach to working as a serious actor. That was very valuable,” she continued. “So I hope to lead a good example too.”
Reflecting on Jane and Zara’s dynamic, the soap star also shared: “Jane is passionate about teaching and her students, so at first she tried to welcome Zara. But Zara is proving to be a bit of a handful, and gradually she becomes the bane of Jane’s life.”
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).