KATHERINE Hicks can't wait for fans to get to know her Winners & Losers character.
The Logie Award winner made her debut as Jenny Gross's half-sister Sam MacKenzie on Seven's drama last year.
Sam's introduction to the Gross family, via Nanna Dot, was a bombshell ending to the second series of Bevan Lee's comedy drama, which focuses on the lives of four reunited high school friends.
Viewers will get to know Sam more in the new, third series as she becomes a fixture in the lives of the Gross family members and dad Brian's efforts, in particular, to make up for lost time.
"It was really great to sink my teeth into some meaty storylines," Hicks told The Guide.
"When she first arrives it's a point of conflict; she's not welcomed by anyone. The emotional stakes are quite high for her; she's trying to meet her new father. It is exciting and terrifying."
Hicks describes Sam as a strong but vulnerable young woman. "She's feeling vulnerable. She lost who she thought was her birth mother, moved to a whole new city and got a new job," she said.
"She's putting herself out there and doing what she thinks is right. She comes up against some really difficult situations, but she always seems to just push through rather than retreat. She's a fun character to play."
No drama would be complete without some romance, or at least the possibility of it, and Sam will meet her potential "Mr Right".
"She does meet Mr Right, who at first she thinks is Mr Wrong," she said. "It takes a little while for her to see he's actually Mr Right, and then a Mr Wrong from her past appears so it's sort of like a very messy love story."
There is also the possibility of Sam joining Jenny's close-knit circle of girlfriends.
"The first girl she gets closest to is Sophie because Sophie is a doctor and Sam is a nurse," she said.
"Jenny isn't initially comfortable with it.
"Sam brings up a lot of uncomfortable questions for the (Gross) family unit. Where did Sam come from? Who's her mother? Was Brian unfaithful? But I think that's a really honest portrayal of that situation."
Hicks, who starred in Rescue Special Ops, was excited to see a little bit of action in the scenes filmed on Sam's family farm.
"I do some horse riding in the show and that was a real highlight for me. Coming from doing Rescue for three series it was bit change to go from that kind of show, which was mostly action, to this. I was really excited I got to do some physical stuff and be outdoors."
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