Lisa McCune

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  1. Cisca

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    I want to see that dress when she's standing.... although I don't think she wants to be seen in that dress in public :D
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    Yeah I'm pretty sure about that as well. :D
  3. Cisca

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    Lunch with Lisa McCune

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    October 13, 2012
    Lisa McCune made her name on Australian television but is thriving like never before on stage, writes Andrew Stephens.
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    Lisa McCune: "All those well-written musical theatre female roles, they are strong." Photo: Mal Fairclough
    SHE is a true professional, so although it comes with the job for Lisa McCune to expend an enormous amount of energy on stage in South Pacific, most people are struck by her vitality. Belting out a tune, dashing around the colourful sets, keeping up the naive and slightly ditzy persona of US war nurse Nellie Forbush - McCune's batteries, it seems, are always running high.
    She is in a gorgeous, citrus-coloured dress from local shop Betty Blue, and she looks radiant and cool. When she smiles for the photographer, she makes a quip about laughter lines, but it's misplaced: she was born in 1971, yet even the sternest eye would estimate her to be much younger. Perhaps that's because she thrives, she says, on the energy of theatre, and here at lunch in the upstairs gallery that is Seamstress, she chats with great effervescence, segueing easily between topics. She puts her spark down partly to keeping fit, especially since she had children.

    On the day we meet for lunch, those three (aged 11, nine and seven) are away with her husband, Tim, on a regional trip in the new family car. Before we can look at the menu, we look at photos they have sent through of themselves smiling in front of an old hotel used in Blue Heelers, the show that brought McCune to fame in 1993 as Constable Maggie Doyle.
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    Salad of watercress, pears and cheese from Seamstress. Photo: Mal Fairclough
    McCune loved Blue Heelers, but knew she had to leave when she did; she would have done so even if she had been fully aware of the extent of her popularity, which she wasn't. ''You are never aware of it,'' she says. ''It's really bizarre, but when I was in Blue Heelers, we were in the studio five days a week from early morning until late at night; the weekends you spend learning lines. It is kind of strange, but I am really only aware of how big it was now I have 24-year-olds coming up and saying, 'I loved you so much'.

    ''But I knew I had to go out and try other things. I credit [former Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director] Roger Hodgman with saving me by putting me in MTC and reminding me that there were other things on the outside.''

    Since then, she's had a great career, and despite being pasted luridly across Woman's Day and New Idea recently, McCune has had a dream run with the media. Regarding those magazine photographs of her and her South Pacific co-star Teddy Tahu Rhodes, she says ''the reality and the photographs collide in a way that is not right''. ''And I just choose to say nothing about it because it is the easiest and most graceful way to do it.'' She says this serenely and, yes, with perfect grace. ''There is nothing to talk about. You just have to go: 'I can either choose to let this beat me, or I can choose to continue to live my life.' I choose to continue to live my life and will continue to do so.''
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    Scallops tossed with beans. Photo: Mal Fairclough
    That life includes tending her garden and her delight in cooking at home (she likes doing desserts and layered savoury bakes), as well as eating out. For today's lunch, McCune suggests sharing dishes. We order succulent scallops that have been seared with maple syrup and tossed about with borlotti beans and a puree of cauliflower and Japanese mushrooms. It's perfect and goes well with a delicious salad of watercress, poached pears, Stilton cheese and Belgian endive, which is quite rich but in a tart vinaigrette. We get through all this before the main dish arrives: seared dory with fried brussels sprouts that have been marinated in miso and then fried. Jerusalem artichoke puree and taro chips come with it, a superb union.

    None of it is heavy, but McCune finds herself too full for dessert. ''But I can eat anything I want at the moment … because of the amount of energy you burn through during eight shows a week.''

    That sort of pace has been the case since Blue Heelers. It's well known that her first role was as a checkout chick for a supermarket advertisement in 1991 and her affability seems to have persisted in the tone of her performances, which have included Sea Patroland Reef Doctors for television, and Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Sound of Music and Urinetown in theatre. As she describes it, she has a penchant for ''heroines with a quirk'', which is particularly true of her livelySouth Pacific character.

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    ''All those well-written musical theatre female roles, they are so strong,'' she says. ''I'm not sure what it is about them but they have this great goodness.''

    She seems to share that, displaying a genuine interest in others, talking lovingly about her family and friends, and praising her fellow cast members in South Pacific, such as Eddie Perfect, Kate Ceberano and the vivacious young women and men in supporting roles as nurses and sailors who bash out energetic renditions of I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There Is Nothing Like a Dame.

    No wonder she's so enthused about musicals: as a girl, she would play sport on Saturday mornings and watch old musicals in the afternoon. One day, her mother took her to Les Miserables. ''I just thought I would love to do that.'' So she is pleased she decided to be ''an actor who sang'' rather than a singer who acted. ''There are so many more opportunities that way,'' McCune says.

    ''Having a television profile has meant that I've had the opportunity to play lead roles in musicals; if I had gone the other way, I might not have had the equivalent chances in TV.''

    One of the many reasons she was glad to get the South Pacific role was that it opened at the Sydney Opera House. ''And I thought, 'Wow, this might be the only chance for my kids to see me perform at the Opera House','' she says. ''And they got to see me. It was the first time that they are all old enough to remember it. I have been so lucky with the roles I have had, especially in musical theatre, the types of roles that really fit me.''

    South Pacific is at the Princess Theatre until November 11. http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/theatre/lunch-with-lisa-mccune-20121011-27e5p.html
  4. wolfy

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    Thanks so much for that. It's a great article
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    I loved reading it..... it's like we're there with her at the restaurant, looking at the menu and feeling full when she is (and being jealous because this journo did get to see the pics of her kids in front of 'the imperial' we're not seeing)

    oh and the pics of the food and of the receipt make it all so real. Really cool!
  6. Rithabile M

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    Great article,thanks for posting!!!!
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    Cisca, that was a great article, thanks so much for posting, it was a great read.
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    This is a little video about the set design from South Pacific. And in the meantime they show bits and pieces of footage.
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    That's great! Thanks for both the article and video, Cisca. :)
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    Here's an article about the Brisbane performance of South Pacific.


    Sweet sounds of the South Pacific will win your heart

    Seanna Cronin
    27th Oct 2012 8:00 AM


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    Eddie Perfect (centre) in a scene from the musical South Pacific. Jeff Busby

    THE cast of South Pacific brings a healthy dose of humour to Opera Australia's production of the Broadway classic.

    Currently playing at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, South Pacific comes to Brisbane just after Christmas.

    Set on a US Naval base during World War II, the Tony-Award winning musical centres on American nurse Nellie (Lisa McCune) who falls in love with a French plantation owner Emile (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) but struggles to accept his mixed-race children.

    Eddie Perfect, who won a Helpmann Award for his performance in Shane Warne the Musical and stars in Channel 10's hit drama Offspring, is a crack-up as the irrepressible, crafty Luther Billis.

    He leads the ensemble of Seabees in a rowdy and randy rendition of There Is Nothing Like A Dame and steals the scene in the Thanksgiving Follies opening of the second act.

    The Offspring star's injection of physical comedy helps to balance the show's dramatic themes of racism and war.

    McCune is an absolute delight as the "cockeyed optimist" Nellie and the sheer power of Rhodes' vibrato reverberates in every corner of the theatre.
    The baritone probably doesn't even need a microphone for the Princess Theatre's intimate setting.

    The most spine-tingling moment of the show, for me, was Kate Ceberano's soaring performance of Bali Ha'i as Bloody Mary.

    South Pacific might have premiered more than 60 years ago but its songs and themes have a timeless quality to them like so many of Rodgers and Hammerstein's shows.

    If you're starting to think about Christmas presents for friends and family, then this would be a great night out for any theatre lover.

    South Pacific opens at QPAC's Lyric Theatre on December 27 and the strictly limited season runs through January 13.

    Tickets start from $79.90 through www.qpac.com.au.
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    Thanks for the article, Wolfy.

    I got this video in my mail a couple of days ago. Lisa and Teddy try to convince those who haven't seen South Pacific yet in Melbourne to come and see it.

  12. wolfy

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    Thanks for that, seapatrolgirl.
  13. Cisca

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    thank you SPG for that.
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    'Nobody knows what is going on, outside me and my family' says Lisa McCune
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    IT'S been hard to keep up with Lisa McCune's love life. One minute the married mother-of-three is spotted holding hands with husband Tim Disney.

    The next she is seen locked in a passionate embrace with South Pacific co-star Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

    But the 41-year-old Logie award winning actor says she laughs when people say she's in an open marriage.

    "That gives me the giggles. I think the description is hysterical. It does make me laugh when I read that. It makes me laugh," she told The Sunday Telegraph.

    McCune refused to clarify what is going on with the two men in her life, only hinting that despite her strange love triangle, everyone involved seems to be happy with the arrangement.

    "I'm not making any reference to my life because nobody knows what's going on, outside me and my family," she said.

    McCune, who is to star in Channel 10's Reef Doctors next year, still refers to her husband of 12 years as "my partner".

    She was first spotted canoodling with Tahu Rhodes, 45, in August after they were seen getting up close and personal while in Sydney for the Opera House run of South Pacific. Tahu Rhodes literally couldn't keep his hands off his co-star.

    Just days later she was seen back with Disney, and their three children Archer, Oliver and Remy, playing happy families.

    Her character in Reef Doctors, Sam Stewart, has just come out of a marriage and is struggling to overcome the split.

    She said: "I think in a way she is running away from the heartbreak of her husband and he is moving on with other women.

    "I think it's a lovely story about her rediscovery.

    "It's terrific when you see things on screen exploring someone's relationship."

    However McCune was keen to stress the plot line had no reference to her personal life.

    She doesn't think the fact her unusual romantic situation is making headlines will affect the popularity of Reef Doctors, which is aimed at families.

    However, Ten was thought to be launching the show this year, but its release date was quietly put back to 2013 just a few weeks after pictures of McCune with Tahu Rhodes went public.

    McCune said: "I think Australians love Australian drama. You want people to fall in love with the character you play.

    "You can't be heartbroken when it doesn't work. We all take a risk when we go out there. I guess doing stage musicals at night - it's a simple contract you go into with an audience.

    "Stepping out of my comfort zone is what I like to do."
  15. ivylune

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    All very interesting articles and videos. Thanks to Cisca, Seapatrolgirl, and Wolfy for posting them.
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    Lisa McCune: Goodbye, girl next door

    By Sue Smethurst
    Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Woman's Weekly
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    Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes at the Helpmann Awards in September.

    As she publicly romances her sexy co-star, Lisa McCune's good-girl image is taking a battering. But will this make her Australia's most bankable star, asks Sue Smethurst.

    Legendary theatre producer John Frost is known for his uncanny ability to cast performers who can create magic on stage.

    So he knew he was on a winner when the arrogant Operatic playboy Teddy Tahu Rhodes, agreed to star opposite TV sweetheart Lisa McCune in the Broadway love story South Pacific.

    The partnership of the married mother of three and the charismatic baritone, known as the 'Brad Pitt' of opera, would guarantee 'bums on seats'.

    Frost could barely contain his delight; "The casting of Teddy Tahu Rhodes is brilliant," he gushed in a publicity video, "and of course, Lisa McCune, Australia's favourite girl, this role was written for her."
    What he didn't bank on was that the palpable chemistry he noted during auditions was no act, his stars had fallen madly in love and are now very publicly playing out their romance on and off stage.

    "You couldn't have scripted this better if you tried," says respected entertainment reporter Peter Ford, "for the producers and publicists this is a dream come true, Teddy and Lisa are the hottest ticket in town."

    And they are, because this is TV golden girl Lisa McCune as we have never seen her before.

    The paparazzi have snapped the pair, who are both still married to other partners, unabashedly locking lips, legs and everything in between in public hotspots across the country, (there's even video of Tahu Rhodes openly touching Lisa's breasts at one of Melbourne's busiest cafes).

    But what does this mean to the golden girl of TV who has built a career on her squeaky clean image?
    Show business insiders say that at last she has buried the ghost of Maggie Doyle, and a new act is playing out in the career of Lisa McCune.

    "If the response to South Pacific is anything to go by, this will be brilliant for her career, fans are queuing up to see her on stage," says a leading agent, "It's all about the box office, and she's a smash."

    Communications expert and Gruen panellist Dee Madigan agrees, "this makes her much edgier, much more interesting, she'll be on the top of the casting wish lists, this will make her one of Australia's most bankable stars."

    From the moment she hit our screens as the Coles check-out chick, Lisa McCune was destined for stardom.

    Those sunny ads and her girl next door looks landed her the plum role of Constable Maggie Doyle in Blue Heelers.

    The show was made as a 13 part series but audiences were so smitten with the police team from Mt Thomas, it became one of Australia's longest running TV shows, and fans fell in love with the wholesome Maggie Doyle.

    At its peak, three million people watched Blue Heelers every week and 400 individual fan sites were dedicated to the show.

    Lisa was the highest paid female actress on Australian TV, earning a reported $15,000 per episode.
    But ten years and three Gold Logies later, and with her popularity at fever pitch, McCune feared being forever typecast as Maggie Doyle and decided it was time to bid her farewell.

    Her final episode, 'Who Killed Maggie Doyle' was one of the highest rating shows in Australian TV history and Channel Seven boss, billionaire Kerry Stokes, personally delivered her farewell speech.

    But Lisa's next role was distinctly off-camera. She married technician Tim Disney, who she met on the set of Blue Heelers the very week that the final Maggie Doyle episode went to air and fell pregnant with her first child soon after. The couple have three children, Archer, 11, Oliver, 9 and Remy 7.

    The pandemonium that surrounded their wedding showed that fans weren't going to let Maggie Doyle rest easily.

    Outside Mietta's Hotel in seaside Queenscliff, fans and media lined the streets, and radio stations and television networks broadcast live from the event.

    Lisa wanted a small, private celebration, but when a newspaper published details of the day she felt she had no choice but to sell exclusive pictures to a magazine to control the images and details that were released.

    A clear photo of the bride was worth a $100,000 bounty to the paparazzi who captured the lucky shot, and they staked out every vantage point.

    One rival journalist even got caught checking into the hotel as a wedding guest — with empty suitcases.

    "She's was genuinely shocked by how much interest there was," says a former Channel Seven publicist, "Lisa never willingly chased publicity, she felt forced into selling her wedding pictures because she was being hunted by paparazzi who would've taken shots anyway.

    "Rather than have it open slather she's tried to control what is written and retain some sort of privacy, which is why I just don't get what she's doing now with Teddy. If she wanted to keep it quiet, she could."

    And that is the hot question on the lips of those closest to her, why is the reluctant star so publicly flaunting her new lover when in the past she has gone to such great lengths to protect her privacy?

    Many of Lisa's closest colleagues who were contacted by The Weekly, were stunned by her behaviour but would not speak publicly about her, echoing thoughts of a former agent who said, "this is so out of character I don't think anyone knows what to say!"

    "The first time they got caught you could say 'well it's an accident but she should've known better', but the second, third and fourth times? That's no accident, Lisa would know cameras were following her, and it just keeps happening."

    Lisa is managed by the RGM Artists group, a formidable agency who've managed the careers of the likes of Cate Blanchett, Rebecca Gibney and Rose Byrne.

    It's founder, Robyn Gardiner is renowned for stopping at nothing to protect her talent.

    It is RGM who have built the very bankable 'brand' McCune, the image of the wholesome, endearing and trustworthy girl next door.

    At the peak of Blue Heelers, against her agents advice, she knocked back multi-million dollar endorsement deals because she had "no interest" in the products wanting her prized face and good-girl reputation.

    The only brand she has publicly endorsed is Coles, the company that kick started her career. They reportedly paid her $500,000 a year.

    "She could've sold anything from cars to toilet paper and made millions doing so," says Gruen's Dee Madigan "Basically any product on a supermarket shelf that a family would buy, would want her."

    CEO of the Harry M Miller Group, Lauren Miller Cilento says her affair with Tahu Rhodes has "absolutely put her back in the spotlight and it's given her more publicity than she's had for years, and with that comes more opportunities and big money."

    Ask any co-star why Lisa McCune is so popular and they'll tell you the same thing; "she's normal".
    One TV critic summed her up as "pretty without being threatening, direct without being aggressive and approachable without being a pushover. She could pop over for BBQ and no-one would blink, she'd just fit right in."

    She shuns the limelight, doesn't do the red carpet and she is not snapped in the social pages, she is happiest at home in her jeans and RM Williams boots. The 'star' label has never sat easily, a publicist recalls how Lisa was surprised when she received an invitation to the Logies the year after Maggie Doyle had been killed off, "we had to politely point out that she was nominated for the Gold Logie, so of course she would receive an invitation, but that's Lisa, she never takes anything for granted. She once asked if a big company could provide a taxi home from a late night event she had hosted for them for free as a favour to a friend. Other actors would have a list of demands."

    "She is sincerely the nicest most generous actor I have ever worked for."

    Despite her success, she is plagued with insecurities about her looks and her acting ability.
    Her former Blue Heelers co-star Martin Sacks said; "She has enormous self doubt which isn't matched by her work. Even after she'd been on the show for years, she'd ask us 'is that okay?' after every take."

    And in an early interview she openly described how she taped her ears back on set because she didn't like them and said; "There are days when I look in the monitors on set and wish I could have an accident and break my nose so then when it was being reset I could have it fixed."

    She described her frustration on one occasion, when she'd done 19 takes to get a scene right.
    "I was beside myself. I was throwing my hat on the ground, jumping up and down screaming, 'why isn't this f***ing working' I often joke about my inadequacies because so many people imagine me as sugar and spice and all thing nice, but I'm not.

    "Everybody thinks I am this quiet demure little girl who wouldn't say boo and is always polite and in control but I have the most volatile temper. Seriously I have this vile, vile temper there's this whole other side to me that most people just don't know about."

    Such carefree detail would not be allowed by her management today, they've refused to discuss her relationship with Tahu Rhodes, but as each week, and each new set of sizzling pictures emerges, the story isn't going away.

    At a media conference in Brisbane for South Pacific, reporters were banned from asking questions about their romance, but just minutes after the media call ended, Teddy and Lisa were photographed in a semi-nude romp in a Brisbane park, just metres from where their press conference had been.

    "Part of me thinks that this is Lisa's way of politely thumbing her nose at everyone," says a former publicist, "I've never known her to do anything like this, but Lisa has always done things her way, and it's never been about public perception for her, so maybe she's saying 'this is me and I'll live my life the way I want'. "

    Two years ago Tim and Lisa renewed their vows but in an interview with 60 Minutes perhaps prophetically shared their first hint that marriage was in trouble. When Tim was asked "are you meant to fall in love with your leading lady?" He replied, "well no, it's sort of against the rules don't you think?" But Lisa chimed in "No, all's fair in love and drama."

    Theirs was an old fashioned romance and at their wedding Lisa described how Tim was the first man to ever properly ask her out on a date.

    Often when she was working days on Blue Heelers and nights at the theatre, they would write love notes for one another on the bathroom mirror.

    Friends of the couple say Tim is very private and describe him as "chivalrous", "the sort of guy who'd wait for her outside the theatre each night."

    Even those closest to the couple are at a loss to explain the end of their fairytale marriage.

    In stark contrast, Teddy the 'buff baritone' as he was described by the New York Times, comes with a reputation.

    The 46 year-old who lives in New York, has made his name playing Mozart's "skirt-chasing" love rats like Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva. He has a two year old son Teo with his second wife, Argentinian beauty Isabel Leonard, a mezzo-soprano who graduated from the prestigious Juilliard school.

    She is yet to comment on her husband's behaviour but it is believed the pair separated some time ago.

    Ironically, if the romance between Teddy and Lisa continues to blossom, they will attract even more of the attention that Lisa loathes.

    Says one colleague; "Lisa is just a normal girl and things happen to normal people in real life, people make mistakes, it's just that hers end up on magazine covers!"
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    Thanks for posting the article, in the last few weeks I read a couple of articles and that was one of them. One hint, don't calculate how much she earned with Blue Heelers like I did. haha
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    That gave such a good overview of her career that I thought it was worth posting. And I wouldn't even try to calculate that. [​IMG]
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    thank you for the link. it was a fun interview

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