Tessa James is at home on the stage... And Nate Myles couldn't be more proud

Actress Tessa James is back with a vengeance and making up for lost time.

By Chloe Lal
Tessa James and Nate Myles

The remarkable actress recently stepped out in sunny Sydney with her love, Nate Myles.

The couple, who celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary in December, were the picture of happiness as they took time out of Tessa's busy schedule.

The 25-year-old looked radiant dressed in an all black ensemble.
The 25-year-old looked radiant dressed in an all black ensemble.
Tessa was joined by her leading man, Nate Myles.
Tessa was joined by her leading man, Nate Myles.
And the pair couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces.
And the pair couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces.

The actress is currently fronting award-winning Australian playwright Nick Enright's production of Blackrock

The play is centred around the rape of a young girl in a small town, based on the real life murder of 14-year-old Leigh Leigh in 1989.

“I am so exited to go on stage every night and tell the story,” she said to The Daily Telegraph of her role at Sydney's Seymour centre.

“In a creative side it is amazing to play Rachel, I feel extremely challenged. It is a heavy subject, but these are subjects that need to be spooked about.”

Adding, "It’s struck a chord with me emotionally."

Tessa is starring in the Aussie drama throughout all of March.
Tessa is starring in the Aussie drama throughout all of March.
Despite the dark production, the actress still has time for giggle.
Despite the dark production, the actress still has time for giggle.
It's so good to see the star so happy.
It's so good to see the star so happy.

Throwing herself back into work is her number one priority. “I’m just really happy to be doing what I love,” she said.

While she's a household name in Australia, for the 25-year-old, her craft is all that matters.

“I don’t really feel the need to be known,” she mused. “I would just love to have consistent work.”

To think two years ago, acting may not have even been an option for her.

Tessa was just 23 years old when her life was pulled to a crashing halt.

In December, the adorable couple celebrated five years of marriage.
In December, the adorable couple celebrated five years of marriage.

The beloved Aussie star was trying her luck in Hollywood, when she discovered something was seriously wrong.

In September 2014, she discovered a lump above her collarbone, which turned out to be Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer that affects the blood.

This was the second time cancer had hit the James' family, after her dad had been diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's lymphoma just two years prior.

Sharing a cheeky joke.
Sharing a cheeky joke.
We just adore seeing Tessa looking so vibrant and healthy.
We just adore seeing Tessa looking so vibrant and healthy.

Incredibly, after six months of chemotherapy, the Home and Away alum made it out the other side.

Reflecting on the ordeal, Tessa admitted, "I got through it because I had to get through it."

"What was the other option? To sit and feel sorry for myself? I think I had to hit that low point, to be in so much pain and so upset and so traumatised, to then have that sense of empowerment again: I can get through this."

And she's doing just that.

*Pic Credit: Backgrid Australia*
Pic Credit: Backgrid Australia

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