Logie winning actress Jessica Marais was pictured cleaning tables and serving drinks while waitressing at Gordon’s cafe in Clovelly, Sydney
The Logie-winning actress, who stepped away from acting in 2018 to focus on her mental health, was seen serving drinks and cleaning tables at Gordons Cafe in Clovelly, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Wednesday. Sporting a black dress and matching apron, the former Packed to the Rafters star, 37, kept busy as she greeted guests and took their orders.

Jessica dressed sensibly for a day on her feet, sporting a pair of white Converse sneakers, and slicked her curly blonde hair into a no-fuss ponytail. She wore minimal makeup and eschewed jewelry for her shift. Proving herself to be a woman of many talents, Jessica effortlessly balanced multiple cups, bottles, and plates as she waltzed around the café.

At one stage, she was seen wiping down a table with a cloth. Elsewhere, the Love Child star was spotted smiling at customers while carrying a tray with two cappuccinos. Several customers appeared to recognize their waitress as one of Australia’s most famous TV stars.
She’s a natural! Proving herself to be a woman of many talents, Jessica effortlessly balanced multiple cups, bottles and plates as she waltzed around the café .

Is that really you? Several customers appeared to recognise their waitress as one of Australia’s most famous TV stars
Gordons Cafe, on the corner of Beach Street and Clovelly Road, is just a stone’s throw away from Jessica’s home. It is also close to her favourite swimming spot, Gordons Bay. Jessica is said to be enjoying her new job, with a customer telling this week’s New Idea she was ‘friendly’ and looked ‘really happy’ during a recent visit.

Jessica stepped away from acting in late 2018 but looked set to make a comeback in 2020 when she joined the cast of Back to the Rafters, the Amazon Prime Video reboot of the beloved Channel Seven drama Packed to the Rafters. She was due to reprise her role as Rachel Rafter, the character she had played from 2008 until 2013 in the original Seven series, but pulled out at the last minute. Her former co-star Angus McLaren, who played Nathan Rafter, told Daily Mail Australia earlier this year she was ‘doing well.

‘Yeah we definitely missed her on set, but the good thing about Jess is she lived quite close to me when I was in Sydney,’ he said. ‘So I actually got to see her. I really have a lot of love for Jess. ‘It would’ve been great to work with her. She’s certainly one of those people who brings a good vibe to the set.’ Jessica has had a difficult few years.

The mother of one, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was unable to attend the Logie Awards in July 2018 because she was receiving treatment for ‘urgent’ issues at The Health Clinic, a mental health facility in Bronte. While in treatment, she attended daily counseling sessions and had access to nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists.

Jessica reportedly followed a detox and inner health program, with inpatient programs averaging $25,000 a month. In September 2018, the South African-born star announced she was pulling out of Channel Nine’s show Bad Mothers a month before it was scheduled to begin filming.

‘Jessica has decided to step away from acting for the remainder of 2018 to focus on her health and spend time with her family,’ her manager said at the time. In July 2019, it was announced that Jessica would return to screens in Halifax: Retribution, a reboot of ’90s drama Halifax f.p., starring alongside Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia. However, two months later reports claimed she had pulled out of the series.
Then in February 2020, Jessica shocked fans by announcing she would be stepping away from the highly anticipated Back to the Rafters for ‘personal reasons.

‘She thanks everyone involved on the show for their ongoing support and love, especially her Rafter’s family, and sends them her very best wishes for the production,’ a statement read. Just months after pulling out of Back to the Rafters, Jessica sparked concern when emergency crews were called to her home in Sydney’s east for a welfare check.

She was walked to an ambulance where she was put on a gurney and taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. A witness told Daily Mail Australia she was not wearing any shoes, her hair was a ‘disheveled mess’ and she was in a ‘visibly distressed state’.
Fortunately, she appeared happy and healthy several weeks later as she spent time with her Packed to the Rafters co-star Hugh Sheridan and other supportive friends. Months later, her mother Karen passed away. Jessica shares a 10-year-old daughter, Scout, with her ex-fiancé, Home and Away star James Stewart.

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