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Illawarra Mercury

All-weather wedding

Date: 28/11/1997
Words: 344
          Publication: Illawarra Mercury
Section: Applause
Page: 37
THE first time Belinda Emmett stood on the beach before the priest, it rained. The second time was marred by gale-force winds. By the third attempt no-one cared about what Mother Nature was up to and the wedding went ahead as planned.

Luckily for Emmett, it wasn't her special day that was so trying. That honour belonged to her character on the much-loved soapie, Home and Away.

Rebecca Fisher, resident nice-girl of Summer Bay, was saying "I do" to Travis (played by Nic Testoni) in a surprise ceremony and by the end of the day's filming, all anyone wanted was to get the fairytale event "into the can".

Still, the event left a lasting impression on the bubbly actor who somehow managed to have a great time filming in spite of the horrendous conditions.

"I'll never have an outdoor wedding," she groaned. "Remind me not to.

"There's too much stress and, of course, the Monday after the Monday we shot, was perfect weather."

Emmett, the third actor to play Rebecca but the only one to make the role permanent, has spent more than a year in the Bay and expects to remain for at least one more in spite of the fact her character is unlikely to lose her sweet and wholesome nature.

The actor believes the producers want to offer at least one happy couple among the generally traumatic relationships promoted in the Bay.

"I wouldn't mind them giving Rebecca an edge because she's pretty wholesome at the moment," Emmett said.

"I'd like something a little gritty but I don't see it happening."

The former Hey Dad star, who has put aside her music career to concentrate on Home and Away, exudes enthusiasm about the teen drama, reflecting on the friendships formed on set and the fun times they have while filming.

"We all make it fun and I'm looking to stay," she said.

Rebecca and Travis will wed in tonight's episode of Home and Away, screening on Prime at 7pm.

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