Sally was one of the original characters on the series, synonymous with Summer Bay, and Ritchie had played her since the series’ pilot episode

In 2008, at the age of 28, Ritchie said it had “become really obvious” that it was time to go

“I didn’t know where it ended and I started or vice versa and I had to find out if I was more than that,” she said in an interview with Anh Do about Anh’s Brush with Fame

Ritchie explained how scary it was to leave her 20 year life behind

“What do I actually do if someone doesn’t give me a schedule on a Friday afternoon and tells me where to be on a Monday? And they were just the logistics that I knew I would miss I think it was the other stuff of missing the character and trying to figure out my identity without that other person, that was the stuff that I hadn’t really thought about and that hit me pretty hard, “she said

She fought back tears when she spoke of breaking away from her “best friend in 20 years”

“[Sally] gave me purpose and a sense of achievement After many therapies, I feel different now. I thought the only thing I had ever done of value in my life was when I was her

“I was lost and wondered how I would survive without her. How would people react to me if I wasn’t Sally? Sally was a great person, a great friend, and a great daughter. Do people just have something for them Felt me ​​because they liked her? “she said

“I think the best part is that I’m great without her. I almost choked on the words! We’re all great without our things and our safety blankets”

Ritchie also spoke to Do about working with Heath Ledger. He played Scott Irwin at home and away in 1996

“I always find it very uncomfortable to talk about him because I hate it when I hear other people talk about other people of this caliber, because it’s like they are trying to commit to this success, and I definitely don’t want to do that, “she explained

“My own experience with him was that he was absolutely awesome and just plain fun. He was really fun and I was of course the envy of all the girls on set because I was the one who had to close my lips with him repeatedly.” / p>

Ritchie continued her acting career after Home and Away, starring in shows like Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and Mr & Mrs Murder

She has co-hosted a radio show on Nova FM since 2013, a transition she took a while to get used to

“All of a sudden I was telling my own story and I wasn’t given a script and it was just a joke I’d never done it before

“I had to find my own voice, and I wasn’t particularly comfortable with it because I was still trying to figure out who I was,” she said

Throughout the episode with Do, Ritchie spoke openly about her life in and after Home and Away, although she remained characteristically tight in her personal life

However, she briefly discussed what she now saw as her greatest achievement, her six-year-old daughter Mae

“I think what I realized about Mae is that she is the first person in my entire life that I have ever met who has no preconceived notion of who I am I’m just her mom

“One of the highlights of my life was when she started making friends at school and her friends were screaming through the gates,” This is Mae’s mummy, “because I was so used to people saying,” That’s this Girl from tv “”

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Kate Ritchie

World News – AU – In 2008, Kate Ritchie left Home and Away after 20 years on screen. She needed therapy