In an interview with USA Today, Ward, who also starred in the film Against All Odds, admitted, “When I got slaughtered, I really took it to heart. I really went, ‘This isn’t for me.’ I never got my confidence back again. I’m much more comfortable behind the camera.” Ward is now directing TV shows in her native Australia.
Of acting alongside Richard Chamberlain in Thorn Birds, she said, “I feel honored to be a part of it. But I did not want to repeat it.”