The actress, who has previously starred in the stage productions of Tiddas and Black Cockatoo plays Kathleen, a local Indigenous farmhand working on Frankie’s property who has her world turning upside down during the first episode.
“Kathleen is a character who goes through a lot of adversity but she also has a lot of resilience,” Phoebe told Mamamia. “Her character very much came to me while we were filming, particularly in Orange in the many different locations where we filmed the series.
“Kathleen looks after her brothers,” she continued. “She’s hard-working but also has the ability to code switch and she knows that’s to her benefit. She really understands her position within the Aboriginal political and social climate. She’s definitely somebody who would fight for it.
“During filming we had a lot of long conversations about the time period we were filming in and about the race element of the story as well. Which particularly helped me to find the character of Kathleen.
“I also talked to my grandparents, because this time period is not as far away from us as it might see,” Phoebe explained. “So there were a lot of family conversations and I was able to talk to my grandmother about her mother’s experience, so my family history became a part of Kathleen’s story.
“It was such a wonderful filming experience for me and seeing these women form these friendships on screen makes it just a really beautiful show to watch. It’s such a unique story.”