Home and Away star Jacqui Purvis missed out on previous Summer Bay role

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Home and Away newcomer Jacqui Purvis has certainly made an impression in Summer Bay as Felicity Newman, but the actress originally tried out for a different role.

As the drama surrounding Felicity and Tane Parata's stalking storyline continues to unfold, Jacqui has revealed that she had previously hoped to make her Home and Away debut as Mackenzie Booth.

Instead, the role of Salt's new owner went to Emily Weir – but Jacqui is happy with the way things ultimately worked out.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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Speaking to New Zealand outlet Stuff, Jacqui – who has also starred in Neighbours – admitted that she's "so thankful" she ended up with the role of Flick over Mackenzie.

"Flick is just such a dream come true as a character," she said. "She's so much fun."

Opening up about the scope that comes with Felicity as a character, she added: "I get to transition from vulnerable and sensitive with my family issues and mental health to the fun side, which is that she is a little pocket rocket who has no filter.

"So it's a huge, huge blessing and I'm just so grateful that I get to play it."

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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As for how the tragedy in Felicity's life will affect her going forward, Jacqui hinted that she's going to struggle for the "long, long haul".

"There are different ways to grieve and some move on quicker than others. Flick is always going to struggle with it," she teased. "That's just the way she is and that's the person she is, and so it's always going to be there."

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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