Eve Morey Nominated For Gold Logie Following An Emotional End To 10 Years On 'Neighbours'
After the heartbreaking death of Eve's character Sonya Rebecchi, the actor said the nomination was a bit surreal.
Speaking to 10 daily from the Gold Coast just moments after learning of her nominations for Most Popular Actress and the coveted Gold Logie, Eve Morey was shocked, to say the least.
"Having finished work and now just being at home with my kids, [the nominations] are so far removed from anything in my life," she said, "I'm kind of like, 'What's going on?!'"
Eve's two nominations are just part of the six nominations for 'Neighbours' with her co-star Ryan Moloney also up for Most Popular Actor.
When we caught up with Eve she was still processing the news, "I haven't spoken to Ryan! I'm like where's my safety blanket," she said, laughing.
For Eve the nominations come with added emotion, having played Sonya since June 2008 (then Sonya Mitchell), who married Jarrod "Toadie" Rebecchi later in the series. Early this year Sonya was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which ultimately spread to other parts of her body.
In March, Sonya passed away in Toadies' arms, with Eve revealing she had spoken to producers about what her character's exit from the show would look like. "I felt that the only way Sonya would leave would be if she died," she said.
"As painful as it has been -- and it has been incredibly traumatic -- it felt like she would not leave Jarrod and her children for any other reason other than she has no choice."
It's no surprise that any character's death on the show would have an impact, but for Eve seeing the response to Sonya's death was something staggering.
"People were devastated," she told 10 daily, "you've seen the character for the best part of 10 years, you've seen her and Toadie grow together, have a family and to think this is how it ends after everything they've been through."
"It actually ended with something all too common, I don't know anyone who isn't affected by cancer, it spoke to people and resonated with them on a personal level," she said.
The Ovarian Cancer of Australia revealed that following Sonya's diagnosis they received an uptick of calls.
"If one person goes and gets checked and that saves their life? That's really wonderful," Eve said.
The handful of nominations also mark a big turn for 'Neighbours', with a total of six nominations, Eve said it was -- of course -- due to a huge effort across the production.
"I remember when we were working on that last episode, everyone was putting in 100 percent, I was in a meeting and overwhelmed with the care and consideration, the energy going into it and one of the crew members said, 'I'm sad the show isn't as recognised as it used to be,'" Eve said.
"For this to happen now it's like, wow people did see and it moved people in a collective way around cancer and grief, and that's all we could ask for."
Voting for the 61st TV WEEK Logie Awards opens Monday, June 24, 2019 at 12:01am AEST) and closes at the end of the red carpet telecast on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 7:30pm AEST.
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