Home and Away star Jacqui Purvis catapulted to fame in 2021, when she arrived in Summer Bay as Felicity Newman. The firecracker character was quickly involved in a number of dramatic storylines, including being kidnapped, finding her boyfriend Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) stabbed, and her life now hangs in the balance after being involved in a car crash.
With a string of departures from the show this year, fans have been wondering if Jacqui’s character will return next year, or if she plans to follow suit. In a chat with Yahoo Lifestyle, she shares how long she wants to stay on the show, reveals she would love a ‘dramatic exit’ and tells us why it was 'weird' to play a bride.
The promos for next year’s season return have shown Felicity in a life-threatening situation, with the character being trapped inside a car that goes up in flames. Jacqui can’t tease if Felicity makes it out alive, but she does say that if she could choose the way she left the show, she would pick a “dramatic death”.
“[I’d want to be] killed off. I want a really dramatic death, like a really, intense, gory, like everyone’s crying [death],” she tells us.
When pushed to answer how long she plans on staying in Summer Bay, Jacqui skirts around the answer, presumably so she doesn’t spoil any storylines coming up.
“Who knows? I mean, you get offered this role, this experience and as an actor, it’s incredible. You’re acting every day, which is an actor’s dream. And having a consistent job is very rare in this industry,” she explains.
The star adds that it’s such a privilege to be able to do something that ‘she loves’ each day.
“But to know if I’m going to stay on, I have no idea, we’ll have to see where everyone feels in the future,” she spills.
Jacqui shares her ‘really weird’ moment
The season finale of Home and Away revolved around Felicity and Tane’s wedding, and Jacqui says it was strange to prepare for a wedding, considering she has never been married before.
She was involved in picking the wedding dress, and says it was interesting to get a “practice run” to see what she might like in the future.
“It was cool, but also really weird, because It’s such a moment in someone’s life and I haven’t been married before,” she tells us. “I was like, I just have nothing to connect to…I have nothing to use as a reference. So I was trying to work out, yeah, how would you act in a wedding?
“But then again, I guess Felicity has never been married, so you kinda just use that in your own experience,” she tells us.
The star admits it was “really weird”, and says that it was similar to a regular wedding in that there were many dress fittings before the big day finally arrived.
“It’s such a huge moment,” she sums up.
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