Deborah Mailman and Spencer McLaren on Rove Live
Rove Live (2000-2006) was a popular late-night variety show which aired weeknights on Network Ten. The show was named after and hosted by comedian Rove McManus and its format was modelled on late shows that were popular in the US like Letterman, Late Night, The Tonight Show and others.
The show featured live music, interviews and comedy segments and attracted both local and international celebrities.
In this clip, Rove interviews Deborah Mailman and Spencer McLaren, two of the stars from The Secret Life of Us. The interview covers a range of topics such as the impact the show has had on their lives, awards ceremonies and reactions to McLaren’s character on the show who is openly gay.
We also see footage of Mailman as a presenter on ABC TVs long-running children’s program, Play School alongside actor Rhys Muldoon. Mailman appeared on Play School more than 20 times between 1998 and 2002. While it’s only a short clip, the Play School footage shown, is a good representation of the show and what the role of Play School presenter entailed. A Play School presenting gig is often seen as a badge of honour or rite of passage for many Australian performers. Mailman, who got the job just as her TV and film career were starting to take off, describes the job as hard work and her performance here helps give a sense of the range of her talents.