What I watch: Actress Maya Stange explains why cooking shows test her loyalty


Maya Stange is a familiar face to Australian viewers with roles in much-loved series like natural child and A place to call home.

Now she’s back on screens playing Angie in Underbelly: Disappearing acta two-part drama inspired by real events surrounding the disappearance of Melissa Caddick.

Underbelly: Vanishing Act continues Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on Nine and 9Now.

When he’s not acting, Stange likes to sit back and enjoy television, whether it’s a critically acclaimed historical satire or an animated sci-fi sitcom designed for adults.

Here, Stange reveals what she watched while answering 9 questions with 9Entertainment:

The show I’m watching on repeat right now: Great on Stan. It’s brilliant, so cleverly written and beautifully executed. The costumes and production design are divine. It’s funny, irreverent and I learn interesting things about Russian history. Huzah!

Maya Stange plays Angie in Underbelly: Vanishing Act. (New)

My favorite show for a feel-good atmosphere is: rick and morty is my all time favorite, watch again and again, never gets old, happy place. My only complaint is that they don’t release enough episodes. Stop beating us up!

My favorite childhood show was: monkey magic. What’s not to like? A dysfunctional group of misfits on an epic quest. It was full of gods, monsters and badly dubbed dialogue… and there was also spiritual wisdom. Me and my brother used to play monkey magic all the time. We even made a model of Monkey’s stick. I’ve often wished I could take a ride on the nearest cloud. That would be cool.

READ MORE: Kate Atkinson talks about playing Melissa Caddick in Underbelly: Vanishing Act

The show I’d like to play in a reboot is: In fact, surely monkey magic is due for a reboot? I would love to play Tripitaka.

My configuration for a binge-watching session is: Lighting is definitely key. I hate when there are reflections on the screen, or if the room is too bright. If it’s a good show or a good movie, definitely don’t talk, unless I’m completely lost and need to pause to have the story explained to me. plot. Conveniently, there’s also a tub of Ben & Jerry’s nearby.

Maya stars alongside actress Kate Atkinson in the drama. (New)

The show I was excited to watch but disappointed me was: It’s a controversial thing to say, but I was really disappointed with season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale. I thought the first season was almost perfect. I was absolutely blown away by it. So, I was counting the days until the second season was released, and then I didn’t even reach the end of the season. I think it’s because the first season was based on the book, which was so well constructed, and maybe it would have been better left as a perfect season.

My favorite reality TV show is: I’m a sucker for cooking shows. I love to cook and will watch almost anything cooking related. My favorite is Chefbut my boyfriend is the voice of My kitchen rulesso my loyalty was tested.

Kate Atkinson plays Melissa Caddick in the series inspired by real events. (New)

The show I’m on and love to watch the most is: natural child was a great sight to watch. Such great performances, such a great time, and it was a really important story. Before doing this, I had no idea how many women were forced to give up their babies in Australia, and it was amazing how many women opened up to me with related stories in their own families. It was cathartic for a lot of people.

The TV character I most identify with is: Since I had a baby a year ago, I would say Audrey in Disappointment. I loved this show before I became a mom, but watching it again recently has taken it to a whole new level. I thought it was a comedy. Now I know it’s a reality show. Alison Bell is my hero.

Underbelly: Vanishing Act continues Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on Nine and 9Now.

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