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

In 2008, at age 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 determine if I was more than that,” she said in an interview with Anh Do on Anh’s Brush with Fame

Ritchie explained how scary it was to leave behind what had been her 20-year life

“What should I do when someone doesn’t hand me a schedule on a Friday afternoon and tell me where to be on a Monday? And it was just the logistics that I knew I would miss. think those were the other stuff about missing the character and trying to figure out my identity without this other person, these were things i hadn’t really thought too much about and hit me pretty hard “she said

She held back tears as she spoke of moving away from her “best friend for 20 years”

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

“I was lost and wondering how I was going to survive without her How were people going to react to me if I wasn’t Sally? Sally was a great person, a great friend and a great girl. people felt something for me just because they liked it? ”she said

“I think the best thing to get out of all this is that I’m great without her. Almost choked on the words! We’re all great without our things and our security blankets”

Ritchie also spoke to Do about playing alongside Heath Ledger He played Scott Irwin on Home and Away in 1996

“I always find it very embarrassing to talk about him because I hate it when I hear other people talking about other people of this caliber because it’s like they are trying to attach themselves to this success and I certainly don’t want to do that, ”she explained

“My own experience working with him was that he was absolutely gorgeous and just fun He was really fun And of course I was the envy of every girl on the set, because I’m the one who am happened to press lips with him on several occasions

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

Since 2013, she has co-hosted a radio show on Nova FM, a transition that took her a while to get used to

“Suddenly I was telling my own story, and I didn’t get a script and it was just jokes I’ve never done this before

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

Throughout the episode with Do, Ritchie has spoken candidly about her life during and after Home and Away, although she has kept a low profile on her personal life.

However, she briefly touched on what she now considered 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 life that I have met who doesn’t have a preconceived idea of ​​who I am I am just his mom

“One of the highlights of my life was when she started making friends at school and her friends were yelling through the doors ‘This is Mae’s mom’ because I was so used to people saying “This is the girl from TV” “

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Kate Ritchie

World News – UA – In 2008 Kate Ritchie left home and away after 20 years on screen She needed therapy