Is it true that we're all brothers and sisters?
[Laughs] Oh, God. I'd like to
think so. I think the challenge is to feel that way on
our bad days. I'm just proud to be on a family
drama that's totally mainstream and can integrate a
gay character who's in no way
"other" and who is not deprived of any of the
joys and difficulties that his straight siblings go through.
The show seems to be courting the gays with its
parade of hunks in love. Did you make sure to stick
around for the love scenes between Dave Annable
and Jason Lewis?
No, I didn't. On Six Feet, when
there was a love scene, more people would suddenly
appear. So I think I'm a little protective of
the actors there. But I did pop into the editing suite
Do you have a favorite sapphic crush?
Every woman says she thinks that Angelina Jolie is sexy.
She is a pretty amazing figure of what a woman can be.
I've had a lot of women confess that I'm
their crush, or their husbands will tell me that their
wives have had an "unnaturally intimate"
response to me [laughs].
You played a woman who steals Natasha Richardson
away from her husband in the movie Blow Dry.
Has a woman every tried to steal you from your husband,
artist Andrew Taylor?
[Giggles] No, I think they would know at
a distance that that would be a pretty difficult
You starred with Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in
Ned Kelly. Discuss.
[Laughs] A very good day at work. I got
to make out with Orlando and get tied up by Heath. It
You're a devoted mom in real life too. Do your
kids, Banjo, 3, and Adelaide, 1, know what gay or
lesbian means yet?
There are many gay men in my life that are very
close to our family. I don't think it'll
be too long before they figure out that sometimes a man
loves a man. Banjo is having his own gender issues at the
moment: He's looking in the mirror and keeps
telling me that the mirror's telling him
he's a girl. I sometimes wonder when one knows when
one's own child is gay.
Have you ever seen any homophobia in action?
This lady told me she loved Brothers &
Sisters, then said, "But I hope you pass this on
to the producers, that we could really do without all
that gay kissing." I told her a story my
grandmother told me: She went to Paris in 1932 and saw a
black man holding the hand of a white woman, and she
felt so horrified she almost threw up. My grandmother
told me she knew that reaction was wrong, but it was
the way she had been brought up. So I told this lady,
"Maybe when you're 98 you'll tell
your granddaughter how you saw two men kissing one
day, and how you felt, but you know that's wrong, and
that was just how you were brought up." She was
shocked. I said, "So I'm not going to tell
the show's creators that. That's for you to
What's down the line for you, sister?
For the next few years I'm very happily going to
be in L.A. working on the show. I won't be
working on my hiatus, so I'll be spending it with
my kids at our place back in Australia. Quite frankly, I
hope to make enough money to be able to devote myself
to theater for the next 20 years. I'd like to
cash out and go in the stage door.