Rosehaven comedy makers keen for final season and next career moves

The final season of Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor's popular series Rosehaven starts on the ABC next week.

The final season of Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor's popular series Rosehaven starts on the ABC next week.

For Rosehaven creators and stars Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor, it's a bit of a relief that they didn't end up hating each other.

The popular ABC series enters its fifth and final season next week and McGregor said the show had seen the pair's friendship grow.

"We weren't really close friends until we're already making Rosehaven but our biggest fear was we have a falling out in the first season and then be contractually obligated to hang out with someone we hate," McGregor said.

Celia Pacquola gets yard work done in the first episode of the new series of Rosehaven.

Celia Pacquola gets yard work done in the first episode of the new series of Rosehaven.

"It was really lucky - I don't know what stars are aligned for this to work out. We still text every day - we're closer now than what we were when we started."

The show is set around a real estate agency in a small Tasmanian town, owned by Daniel's (McGregor) mum. He moved back home to help out in the business, and friend Emma (Pacquola) followed soon after - the pair of them ending up working in the real estate game.

McGregor admitted both he and Pacquola are basically playing versions of themselves - "I'm playing an awkward redhead, it's not a stretch" - and that the plan always was that they'd play the lead characters in the show they were writing.

Luke McGregor says the character he plays in Rosehaven isn't too far away from his own personality.

Luke McGregor says the character he plays in Rosehaven isn't too far away from his own personality.

"We always assumed it was going to be us partly because we didn't really know how to write characters outside of us," McGregor said.

"One of the hard things in the first season was if I created a character, I had no idea what the character would say - I didn't know what they were doing or how they would react to different situations.

"So having us in the show it's almost like a way to teach ourselves how to write dialogue, how to structure a character because we can make the first character around ourselves and use them as a jumping off point for other characters in the show - like what can we have other characters bring that our characters aren't bringing?"

McGregor and Pacquola are both stand-up comedians who write their own material for their live shows. McGregor has enjoyed the shift to writing for a TV show because, unlike live comedy where you get one chance to tell the joke, writing for the screen allowed them to craft the comedy more.

There's only so many small-town real estate stories we had in our heads.

Luke McGregor

However, it meant when writing for Rosehaven, they had to work out which jokes were for the show and which were for their stand-ups.

"When we were writing Rosehaven, that's kind of where my headspace goes, so any joke I came up with I would try and work it into the show," he said.

"You felt like with a stand-up [show] you get a year out of it and then you've got to write a new one because you've got to do a new show.

"With Rosehaven you can also get more value out of a joke so I tried to really target anything I wrote to that show. Now that Rosehaven's finished, I'm moving a bit more towards stand-up."

Having run for five seasons, McGregor said they'd decided it was a good time to call it quits.

"We felt like what we were doing with the characters and in terms of relationships coming and going that we had explored all the stuff we wanted to explore with them," he said.

"Also we wanted to decide which one was the last one so we didn't hold back any stories we were saving for future seasons

"There's only so many small-town real estate stories we had in our heads so it seemed like a good time."

ROSEHAVEN

Wednesday, 9pm, ABC

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