FORMER Ocean Reef actress Kristen Plati has returned to Australia – via the television.
Last year, the now New York resident filmed the US reality show Your Husband is Cheating On Us which aired on America’s Bravo TV.
The docuseries follows actor and producer JD Lawrence and his top-tier theatre company through all the action and drama that comes with launching a new stage production.
From love affairs to long-standing rivalries and up-and-comers trying to take down established theatre royalty, there is no room for mistakes and everything that happens behind the curtain is revealed.
Now the series is being screened in Australia on Foxtel’s Arena TV.
The 25-year-old said the experience was “very strange”.
“I was living in a house with five strangers for eight weeks with cameras on me from 7am to 11pm, six days a week,” she said.
“We would wake up in the morning and the crew would arrive to the house, put microphones on us and then send cameras into our rooms while we are putting on make-up or getting ready.
“They would record our conversations and our daily routines; they followed us everywhere.
“Then, depending on what was planned that day, we would go to rehearsals or to social events or be working at home or even walking around the city.
“We would basically be living our lives, just with cameras and microphones on us at every turn.”
Plati said the rooms were also fitted with cameras and the bathrooms had microphones, so there was “really no privacy at all for the whole process”.
“It was incredibly overwhelming as I’m a very private person and like to have time to myself,” she said.
She also found it difficult to “deal with the drama a lot of the other cast members had”.
“They all knew each other so they carried a lot of past baggage into the house and it led to a lot of petty arguments and fights,” she said.
“However, the whole experience definitely had its perks: I learned a lot about myself and I was able to really challenge myself to not let negativity get to me and just put in the work.
“I also made some friendships that I think will last a long time and I was able to network and get a foot into the Urban Theatre Circuit.”
Plati said the experience had also helped her music and modelling careers and booked her a national commercial.
“This show has put my face out here on a national level and has given me some recognition in the field,” she said.