Logies newcomer Geraldine Hakewill has turned to an A-list sisterhood
April, 21 2017        Posted By Veronique        Comments Off on Logies newcomer Geraldine Hakewill has turned to an A-list sisterhood


Styling up…fashion designer Bianca Spender fits actor friend Geraldine Hakewill in one of her gowns. Photo: Bob Barker.

IF there’s anybody who could dish out advice on how to survive TV’s night of nights with grace and glamour, former Gold Logie winner Rebecca Gibney is a smart place to start.

And Geraldine Hakewill — nominated for this year’s esteemed Graham Kennedy award for most outstanding new talent — has made it her job to shadow Gibney, learning the best tricks of the trade from her Wanted co-star.

It’s paid off so far, with the 29-year-old actor getting the nod by her peers and fans alike for her remarkably assured TV debut as unlikely renegade, Chelsea Babbage on the run with Gibney’s Lola Buckley in the Channel 7 drama series the latter created and produced.

Sharing the reflected glory of her nomination with her co-star, Hakewill credits Gibney for her “big sister” support and professional inspiration.

“It’s been one of the most important relationships in my career so far. I’m sure she’s part of the reason I got the role because our chemistry was really great in the audition.”

The former Packed To The Rafters matriarch has garnered a reputation for taking young actors under her wing and Hakewill is no exception.

“She’s so generous with her wisdom and her time. She’s so much fun to work with and so easy and really has been a great role model for me, in terms of my first lead role.”

So much so Gibney invited Hakewill along as her date to last year’s Logies, a valuable test run before she faces the industry gala this time, with the added pressure of being nominated — vying for the peer-voted prize along with Elias Anton (for ABC miniseries, Barracuda); Hunter Page-Lochard (ABC drama series, Cleverman); Rob Collins (for Ten’s The Wrong Girl and ABC’s Cleverman) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Foxtel drama series, The Kettering Incident).

“It was such a nice, very gentle entry into the whole thing because it really is madness. I mean, it’s so exciting and so much fun, but also quite surreal too, being in a room with people you know, or have seen and feel like you know; people from all different shows and networks.”

The awards have had their detractors, with the public-voted Gold Logie raising eyebrows when only one woman — The Wrong Girl and Love Child star Jessica Marais — earned a nom, alongside Molly star Samuel Johnson (Seven); Doctor, Doctor favourite Rodger Corser (pictured, Nine), as well as Waleed Aly, Peter Helliar and Grant Denyer (Ten).

But Hakewill was swept up in the moment by her experience last year and loves the comraderie of the occasion.

“I was sitting on a table with Dannii Minogue and then Delta Goodrem was over to my left, and over there were the MasterChef judges…that actually made me quite excited. It was all a bit bizarre but how fantastic is it that we can all be in a room together and celebrate each other? I guess that rarely happens and it’s nice when it’s something celebratory like that and you can all get together,” Hakewill said.

Pooling talents is also what has bonded Hakewill with one of her best friends and Logies’ dress designer, Bianca Spender.

The pair met seven years ago across a crowded movie festival, instantly enamoured with one another, Hakewill revealed: “we were in this big, cavernous hall and I was wearing this bright yellow Carl Kapp dress and she was standing across the room…it was love at first sight. The room parted and we saw each other. She came walking towards me because she loved the colour of my dress and I recognised her because I had read an interview with her not that long beforehand, so I went running towards her and we both just started gushing, talking and it kind of went from there.”

Walking the red carpet at Melbourne’s Crown casino on Sunday night, Hakewill will be wearing a special Spender creation she has coveted since seeing it on the catwalk of her friend’s collection show two seasons ago.

“It was a finale dress, so there was only one made,” Hakewill explained. “ No one has ever worn it since and I’ve kind of had my eye on it. We tried it on ages ago just for fun and I said at the time ‘if nobody else wears this before the Logies, and if I go, can I wear it?’ and she said, ‘yes, of course!’”

Beyond a celebration of the sisterhood, Hakewill said the dress would also be a comfort for her jangling nominee nerves: “It’s nice to wear something of hers because I feel like I have a bit of her with me when I’m there.”

* The 59th annual Logie Awards airs from 7pm on Sunday, April 23 on Channel 9.

SOURCE: news.com.au