Home & Away’s mums are doing just that.
Always being home and then away.
Mum of two-year-old Jack, Penny McNamee, has joined the small cohort of working mums on-set as she established herself as a favourite on the TV drama.
Listen to Penny McNamee talk about what it’s really like to work on Home and Away:
“People like Georgie Parker and Lynne McGranger, they have older kids but they were working and playing big roles in TV series’ when their kids were toddlers. So I find that I do have women to go to for advice and a bit of camaraderie.”
But for Penny, it’s not just about the fellow-mums on-set. It’s goes beyond Summer Bay.
“Our producer Lucy Addario, she has two little kids. Having a boss who just gets it, that’s amazing. That’s a real blessing for me in this job. Even our Head of Drama, Julie McGauran, she’s got two kids too … And I think having those two women above me, [they] get it. I’m lucky having those two women above [me]”.
But life isn’t perfect. And Penny’s okay with that.
She says her job isn’t very flexible and if a special event fell in the working week, well … she’d just miss it.
“That’s the downside of this job but it’s my dream job and it’s so many peoples dream job that you just go ok, that’s the deal.
“That’s the deal!
“And that’s ok. I don’t work weekends and that’s a great thing and often weddings and things are on the weekends. [Am I missing] something major during the week? For me I can’t imagine what it would be because Jack’s not at school. If I had school age kids and I needed to be at a school presentation or an Athletics Carnival, that would be lot harder. But a two-and-a-half year old? They don’t have major things you’re going to miss.”