Actress Anna Julienne has signaled that the long-serving lesbian character she plays on TV2's nightly drama Shortland Street will be staying around, despite recent tumultuous storylines which have left the cursed nurse in a psychiatric unit.
Julienne's character Maia has had many ups and downs since joining the show in 2004. Her civil union on Valentine's Day 2006 with bar manager Jay Copeland attracted over half a million viewers, but Jay was found dead the following year - a victim of Shortland Street's serial killer. With the help of a sperm donor, Maia gave birth to a baby boy later in 2007. Recently she was revealed as the shoot-to-kill murderer of the villainous Ethan Pierce, and her guilt over the incident led her to become mentally unstable and be sectioned by her family.
Julienne, who is currently planning her real-life wedding, says she's still happy to be with Shortland Street, but doubts Maia will find love or luck anytime soon.
"It's hard enough to find a partner in Ferndale (Shortland Street's fictional home), there are not many lesbians," she laughs. "Solo mother, Killer psych wardâ¦ I don't know who she is going to be with, I just think she's doomed, really, isn't she?"
Watch video of Anna Julienne's Good Morning interview on the link below.