‘A couple of times I had to check myself because of the fun I was having’:
Home and Away’s Cariba Heine reveals she enjoys playing Summer Bay’s newest villain
Home and Away star, Cariba Heine recently made her dramatic debut as Summer Bay’s newest bad girl ‘Ebony.’ Now, the South African-born Australian actress has revealed she enjoys playing the villain. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday the 29-year-old revealed: ‘I had the best time playing Ebony. I had some really great lines to say and I loved the idea of how much pleasure she gets from causing other people pain. A couple of times I had to check myself because of the fun I was having.’ However the Aussie TV soap star claims Ebony is the antithesis of her personality.‘It’s the complete opposite of myself, which is refreshing,’ the sultry brunette told The Daily Telegraph. But it’s not the first time she has auditioned. Heine said she had submitted audition tapes for a couple of roles but nothing had “excited” her like Ebony. ‘The more I read the scripts, the more her backstory unravelled.’ she said.
Prior to her new role, the South African-born actress rose to fame playing Rikki Chadwick on H2O: Just Add Water, a Channel 10 fantasy program. Her character on the show, which ran from 2006-2010, was a mermaid with special powers who was initially ‘aloof and rebellious.’ She appeared in all three seasons of the show, in addition to its spin-off series Mako: Island Of Secrets. She also scored the lead role of Bridget Sanchez in another teenage series, Blue Water High, for its third and final season which began filming in 2007. The show followed the lives of a young group of students at Solar Blue, a high-performance surf academy, and aired on ABC1 and Nickelodeon.
Cariba was born in Johannesburg and moved to Australia with her parents and older brother when she was three years old. She studied acting and dancing at the National Capital Acting School in Canberra, training in jazz, tap and classical ballet in addition to drama. She received strong reviews playing veteran Australian entertainer Delvene Delaney in the 2012 mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War on Channel Nine.