“I am in a fortunate position because of my profile in Rafters and I have capitalised on that – but I quickly recognised that I couldn’t just sit and wait for the roles to come in. I still audition and I still chase parts, and if the roles aren’t there I go and write them or knock on doors and get someone else to,” she told the publication.
TV shows aside, Gibney’s popularity also comes from her charming personality and refreshingly candid social media presence, where she often shares the realities of growing older.
Since turning 50, the actress has been totally candid about ageing and embracing the change that comes as you get older.
In 2016, Gibney spoke to Prevention magazine about the challenges she faced with ageing and shared advice for women who felt “invisible” after 50.
“Ageing isn’t for sissies… I’ve got aching bits I never had before,” Gibney, then 51, told the magazine.
“And I can’t lose the weight as quickly because I’m going into menopause, but I’m starting to embrace that.”
Gibney goes on to say that getting older and being relevant aren’t directly correlated, arguing that “for a long time women felt like they were becoming invisible over a certain age” and that mature women are “vital and intelligent” that they “have more to offer now” than when they were in their 20s and 30s.
“We’ve got life experience and wisdom,” she says.
The year prior, Gibney told the Daily Mail that she would never dodge conversations on ageing, saying she would always share her age.
“I’m aware that I’m ageing and that’s OK,” she said at the time.
“I also don’t want to pretend that I’m not 50 – because that’s what I am.”