It’s the mark of any good actor that three little words uttered in a television commercial can become part of the Australian lexicon.
And for years the words “Not happy, Jan!” haunted actress Deborah Kennedy -until she watched The Simpsons.
“Three little words I once shouted out a window!” she told TV Tonight.
“It used to really irritate me, and then I watched an episode of The Simpsons, that was more or less about the same thing. So I thought ‘Get over yourself. It made people laugh.’
“As long as I can make people laugh, so if that made people laugh then I’m delighted.”
Presumably that was the ‘Bart Gets Famous’ episode in which Bart Simpson’s “I didn’t do it” catchphrase makes him a pop culture phenomenon.
But she is a little less enthused about the financial remuneration for giving life to the ad agency script.
“Unfortunately that’s where I stop laughing,” she admits.
“They played it for 3 years and then it became part of the public domain.
“So not (another) nada for this one!”
But there is better news with a third season of A Place to Call Home currently underway for Foxtel, with Kennedy reprising her role as the nosy local, Doris Collins.
“Someone has to do it. Someone has to tell it like it is,” she laughs.
“It’s a role that I really enjoy.”
A Place to Call Home marks the third Foxtel project for the versatile Kennedy, having previously appeared in :30 Seconds and as the merciless agent to Mick Molloy on the comedy series, The Jesters.
“That was such a fun show. I wish they had gone again. But the best thing is that Foxtel is supporting Australian drama and comedy.”