Martha Stewart’s difficult past with daughter Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) will see her putting her own chances of survival in jeopardy, according to Belinda Giblin of Home and Away.
Her prognosis was bleak after her kidneys were permanently injured as a result of the poison gas attack at Salt. Martha would have to stay on dialysis for the rest of her life if she didn’t get a kidney transplant.
When her son Kieran Baldivis (Rick Donald) is revealed to be an unsuitable donor, Martha panics Alf by researching burial plans and even speaking with a clergyman!
“Martha isn’t ready to give up on life, and she isn’t ready to die.” “She wants to be with Alf, whom she adores, and with Roo, whom she adores,” Belinda explained.
“She wants to start making plans and is trying to be realistic.” Alf, on the other hand, breaks when she starts looking at casket brochures.”
When Roo learns that she’s a match, it appears that the family’s prayers have been answered, but Martha reacts coolly to the good news.
Since Martha’s return to the bay three years ago, the mother and daughter have had a tumultuous relationship. She abandoned Roo when she was an adolescent, faking her own death due to borderline personality disorder.
“Martha is a delicate creature. “She’s terrified of what’s happened to her, but she’s more afraid for her daughter, even though she won’t admit it,” Belinda insisted.
“Roo believes she simply does not want the kidney transplant and is being obstinate.
“However, Martha believes that by being away from her daughter for thirty years, she has already injured her and ruined her bond with her to some level. She and Alf both have a millstone around their necks.
“Martha says, ‘I can’t do it; she’s my daughter, and I don’t want her to die or be damaged by donating a kidney,’ but Roo disagrees.”
Things might have turned out differently if Kieran — her kid from a new life after Alf and Roo – had been a match, as Belinda pointed out.
“As a donor, Martha would have felt more at ease with Kieran.” She has a lot of remorse over Roo, and it’s still a part of her persona.
“She fled because she wanted to protect her daughter from a mental illness she didn’t realise she had.”
“I believe that is something that should be looked into.” Is Martha’s mother abandoning and neglecting her? In my imagination, I have a narrative about how feelings of abandonment and terror may be carried down through generations.”
Belinda wouldn’t say what happened to Martha and Roo, but she did express her expectations for a fresh family dynamic in the future. Since her return, Martha has experienced one horrible storey after another!
“It’s okay if Martha doesn’t die!” I don’t want to give too much away, but I believe things will improve dramatically.
“I’d like to see some extremely interesting plots!” I believe there must be some humour and humour. Ray [who portrays Alf] and I are terrific friends who always complete one other’s sentences and banter. That is something I believe viewers would enjoy seeing.”
Martha’s fans may have observed that she frequently visits her country villa in Merimbula for extended periods of time. Because of the filming breaks, famed stage actress Belinda can work on other projects.
“On Home and Away, I’m still a ‘guest’ artist!” I do an eight- to ten-week block, then go out and do a play before returning to film another block.
“I’ve done around five plays in my breaks since I started.” In Sydney last year, I performed Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.
“I also have two films that were just released [now only in Australia].”
In one, I portray Queen Elizabeth I in a Shakespeare adaptation of Venus and Adonis, and in another, I star in Stitch In Time [directed by Sasha Hadden], which was published recently.
Belinda told us that she is delighted to be a part of the Summer Bay ensemble.
“I’d be heartbroken if they cancelled Home and Away!” I enjoy theatre, as well as film and television. I don’t have a preference for one over the other.
“It’s fantastic to have this opportunity and some of the best parts presented to me, especially at my age and in the previous decade.”