It has been a whirlwind year for Home and Away’s Jacqui Purvis, with her character Felicity Newman being the centre of multiple high-stakes storylines on the soap. Her character has been targetted by bikie thugs and will be trapped in a potentially fatal car crash when the show returns in January.
Once the show has finished shooting for the year, the star is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with her family and friends in Melbourne, where she's from. In a chat with Yahoo Lifestyle, the star calls out the worst present she has ever received, reveals her ‘weird’ Christmas tradition and spills on what a Summer Bay Christmas special would look like.
It takes a while for the actress to pinpoint the worst Christmas gift she has been given, but remembers a particular snow globe that her aunt gave her when she was a child.
While she loved the present the first time around, she wasn’t happy to find the same snow globe under the tree the next year.
“It was really pretty, it had these fairies and stuff. [My aunty] bought it for me one Christmas, then the following Christmas, she bought the exact same one again,” she spills.
“I was like, ‘I’ve already got it. Did you forget? That’s mean’,” she recalls.
Jacqui's 'weird' Christmas tradition
The star also tells us that the big meal to kickstart the festivities off is a fancy breakfast — something that she thinks is a bit strange.
“We’ll do presents and we do this tradition that we have brioche French toast with these poached pears,” she laughs. “It’s weird, I don’t know why, it’s not even very Christmassy.”
Her family just stumbled across the recipe in a book and the tradition stuck. She’s also looking forward to catching up with her best friend, who she considers her “second family”.
“We’re really, really close, so I’ll go over to hers and have a good old time,” she says.
A Summer Bay Christmas special
Her favourite Christmas movie is The Holiday, and says it has the ‘perfect mix’ of romance, comedy and acting.
When the star imagines what a Home and Away Christmas special would be like, she can’t stop laughing.
“What would happen, how would we celebrate Christmas? I feel like we’d get really drunk, and then [Felicity would] just throw a party,” Jacqui guesses. “[Felicity would] be like, everyone come around and let’s just drink and have fun!”
Jacqui adds that she thinks they would play the stealing Santa game, where guests take turns to pick a new gift, or steal one from somebody else.
“She’d probably steal, knowing her,” she quips.
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