Deborra-Lee Furness says returning to acting after long absence was one of her ‘toughest’ experiences – amid split from Hugh Jackman

Deborra-Lee Furness is back hard at work in new acting roles after announcing her split from ex-husband Hugh Jackman. 

And the 68-year-old has revealed that her latest performance in Force of Nature: The Dry 2 was one of her most difficult. 

The sequel to the Australian box office hit co-starring Eric Bana was shot over 2022, and saw the star return to the screen after a long absence. 

‘It was one of the toughest shoots I’ve had,’ Deborra-Lee told Nine this week, adding that the bush-set landscape made for a ‘brutal’ filming experience. 

‘I haven’t worked in a while. I’ve been raising a family. It’s the first time I’ve come back to work, which is a little nerve-racking’ Deb continued. 

Deborra-Lee Furness (pictured) is back hard at work in new acting roles after announcing her split from ex-husband Hugh Jackman 

‘I think anyone in any industry, when you haven’t done it a while… but it’s like riding a bike. I was like, “I got this”‘.  

The sequel to the local hit film The Dry, which scored an impressive $22 million at the Australian box office in 2021, was shot in Victoria in 2022. 

The new film, called Force of Nature, is another murder mystery and like The Dry, it’s based on a bestselling novel from Jane Harper and will be again directed by Robert Connolly.

Bana will once more play Aaron Falk, the dogged detective fans know from The Dry, while Furness co-stars as Jill Bailey.

The 68-year-old has revealed that her latest performance in Force of Nature: The Dry 2 (pictured) was one of her most difficult

The 68-year-old has revealed that her latest performance in Force of Nature: The Dry 2 (pictured) was one of her most difficult

Force of Nature was filmed on locations in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, the Otways and the Dandnong Ranges. 

Deb has quite the gap in her resume, last appearing on screen in the mini series Hyde & Seek in 2016, and before that the film Blessed in 2009, as well doing some occasional voice work since then.  

Furness and Jackman, 55, announced their split last year, explaining at the time that they wanted ‘to pursue individual growth.’

‘We have been blessed to share almost three decades together in a wonderful, loving marriage,’ the couple said in a statement to People.

'It was one of the toughest shoots I've had,' Deborra-Lee said. 'I haven't worked in a while. I've been raising a family. It's the first time I've come back to work, which is a little nerve-racking'

‘It was one of the toughest shoots I’ve had,’ Deborra-Lee said. ‘I haven’t worked in a while. I’ve been raising a family. It’s the first time I’ve come back to work, which is a little nerve-racking’

‘Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.

‘Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition.’

The pair tied the knot in 1996 after meeting on the set of Correlli in 1995. 

During the course of their marriage, they adopted two children: son Oscar, 23, and daughter Ava, 18.

Furness and Jackman (left) announced their split last year, explaining at the time that they wanted 'to pursue individual growth'

Furness and Jackman (left) announced their split last year, explaining at the time that they wanted ‘to pursue individual growth’

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