ROWENA'S RETURN PLEASES BELINDA
The return of Rowena Wallace to Australian soapie Sons
and Daughters was the best news Belinda Giblin had in a
"It was an idea Rowena and I had and I think it will be
great to have her back," Belinda said.
"It makes room for some really meaty scenes."
Belinda plays Alison Carr, supposedly Pat the Rat with plastic
When the news broke about Rowena's return, speculation started
over the role she would play and Belinda's future.
"I can't tell you a thing about the story, but there will
be plenty of fireworks," Belinda said.
I'm not going to be kicked out, as some of the press reported."
Those reports angered down-to-earth Belinda.
"Publicity can be so damning at times," she said.
"The press has immense power and I often think it's the
newspapers and magazines that control what's shown on TV.
"Some of the things I read are very hurtful."
Because Belinda is an actress of high calibre, it is hard to
believe she doubts her ability.
"I have doubts of incredible depression about why I'm
in the business," she said.
"I often think I should go home and be a mother who regularly
visits the supermarket.
"I seem to go through these periods of immense self-doubt
and especially if I don't like the storylines I have at the
"But at the moment I'm really enjoying myself."
Although most actors believe playing a nasty character is more
of a challenge, Belinda doesn't like some of Alison Carr's behaviour.
"I feel the character needs more of a challenge,"
"I get incredibly frustrated when Alison is bitchy just
for the sake of being bitchy.
"She does have a soft side and bitches are more vulnerable
than most other people. But they (the producers) are scared
Alison will become a wimp if she shows too much vulnerability."
Away from the bright lights, Belinda is devoted to five-year-old
daughter Romy and husband Axel.
"Romy is a great joy and we all relax on our farm in Tamworth,"
"My husband words at home and I often have mornings off,
so I see them plenty.
"It's a pleasant change to be working in Sydney. Before,
most of my work had been in Melbourne and I was commuting all
Now, Belinda seems content to continue her TV role, but she
plans to have another child.
"I'd like to have more children," she said.
"I'm getting older and if I want more children, then I'll
have to do it soon."
Source: Daily Sun, Brisbane
Date: 25 September 1986