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Jessica Marais on what it meant to accept her Silver Logie from Rebecca Gibney

“She will forever be my mother.”

By Erin Miller
Carrie Bickmore, Jessica Marais and Rebecca Gibney

Being awarded the TV WEEK Silver Logie for Best Actress was a special moment for actress Jessica Marais.

The actress got to accept the award from her former Packed To The Rafters on-screen mum Rebecca Gibney.

“She just hugged me and said ‘I love you’,” Jessica, 32, says of the moment. “As soon as we catch up again, we just go straight back to mother and daughter stuff. She will forever be my mother.”

Jessica was also looking forward to sharing the accolade with another special lady in her life – daughter Scout, five.

Rebecca Gibney was clearly proud as punch of her former on-screen daughter.
Rebecca Gibney was clearly proud as punch of her former on-screen daughter.

“She knows that mummy dressed up in a beautiful dress but she doesn’t understand the concept of an award,” Jessica says.

“I think she gets that I got her a lot of chocolate last week for Easter a lot better – that’s where I won the major mother award!”

Jessica added that Scout was at home in Sydney watching the night with her former partner James Stewart.

“I’m sure her dad will be showing her mummy on TV,” Jessica says.

“We will FaceTime later, and we make it work. We’ve got a busy life as a family and we obviously do what we can to make it work with both of us being parents.”

It’s indeed a busy schedule that Jessica has this year.

She’s just filmed the fourth season of Love Child as doctor Joan, and will soon head to Melbourne to film the second season of The Wrong Girl as breakfast producer Lily.

“They’re vastly different but they’re both very strong women who are very capable,” Jessica says.

“Both are fighting quite adverse circumstances in both their work and personal lives which I feel as though most people can relate to, because life is a challenge for everybody.”

Jessica Marais in *Love Child*.
Jessica Marais in Love Child.

Yesterday it was announced that the fourth season of Love Child will premiere on Tuesday, May 2.

Jessica admits she was “intimidated” filming scenes of Love Child alongside Ronan Keating, who recently joined the cast. “Because it’s Ronan Keating,” she exclaims. “But he was great fun to work with and made me feel incredibly comfortable.”

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