BEFORE THE BAY-
It's funny the way things turn out. I remember going to the Adelaide Easter Show years ago, before I started on Home and Away.
They were doing one of those "Be on the cover of Dolly" things, where they take your picture and mock it up to look
like a real magazine. And, at this one, you could have your photo taken with Daniel MacPherson! I'd always wanted to be on
the cover of Dolly, and I'd always liked Daniel, si I got very excited! I got a cover done with all my friends, and looked
at it hanging on my wall every day. But who would ever have thought that I'd actually be on the cover some day?
is that scoring a part on Home and Away has brought me plenty of surprises. Ever since I started on the show, I've had the
chance to do things I'd never imagined I could do. Incredilbe things-like meeting Ashton Kutcher! The whole cast was invited
to his Dude, Where's My Car? premiere a few moths ago, and I was there with bells on. He's so cute! So I guess you could say
that, if this all ends tomorrow, I'd have plenty to be grateful for.
But the fame thing certainly takes a lot of getting
used to. I mean, one minute I'm in high school, rollerblading and doing fun,girlie things. The next minute, I'm handing out
autographs! I don't think you can prepare yourself for what that change feels like. I'm just so shocked that people appreciate
what I do. And the fact that people love the show and my character, well, my dream has come true!
Being on TV is weird
sometimes, because lots of people have the wrong idea about being a celebrity and the lifestyle it brings. For example, people
always ask me what it's like to work with Beau Brady, because he's such a heart-throb on the show. But I just think that's
funny. Here on set, we know what he does when he comes here in the morning. And you don't know about Zac pulling down his...ah,
you know what I mean! Anyway, if there's anything that keeps me grounded through it all, it's my friends. My good friends.
The ones who have stuck by me from the start. The friends that I still see are the ones that I've known since I was little.
There were actually some girls at school who weren't very nice to me. But the minute I got on Home and Away, they were the
first ones to call me up and say," Let's go do something". I don't like that whole fakeness thing at all. I like
people to be genuine. So, if I've learned anything through all this, it's the importance of having good, true friends.
THE START OF A STAR-
I know it sounds cliched, but I've always known I wanted to act. You can ask my childhood nanny. When I was five years old,
I smiled and said to her," I'm gonna be an actor one day. Just wait and see". I used to make my parents sit down
and watch me as I put shows on for them. I'd be dancing and singing, and they just knew I was born for it. Especially my mum.
She used to be a singer in South Africa. so she has the show business bug in her too. I started out doing theatrical performances
for youth societies, shows like The Sound Of Music and South Pacific. I always had a small part, but, for me, that was good.
I worked so hard on them, and always made sure I'd studied heaps before the audition. I was still in school when I signed
up with an acting agency, but it was actually a modelling agency that led to my part on Home and Away.It all started when
an agency approached me, asking if I was interested im modelling. It wasn't really something I was into, but my mum said
it might be a good idea to do it part-time. Then we figured that if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right-and send
a letter to Chadwick's. Chadwick's is a pretty huge agency, and while they said I was a bit short for a full-time modelling
career, I could definitely do teen mags like Dolly. And then, soon after, my first job was with Dolly!
I found out about
the Home and Away audition through Chadwick's,and knew I had to go for it. Normally you have two auditions for that kind of
thing. I had eight1 Because the role was part of a new family, everybody had to gel and work well together, so it took a long
time. When I got the part, I was busy at a church camp taking care of 100 kids. We'd just been to a theme park and when I
got back, there were 18 missed calls on my mobile from my mum and my agent.The kids were so excited for me! It was definitely
the best place to be when I found out.
Starting on the show was definitely daunting. My very first scene was in a caravan
park with Ben Tate from Breakers. He played my boyfriend on the show, and it was a kissing scene. So I'm sitting there on
my first day, stressed out about what I have to do, and I'm kissing some guy in the back of a caravan! I didn't know what
I was and wasn't supposed to do, but I just went with it and everything was fine. But looking back on it. I'm sure it had
a lot to do with the cast. I mean, I was just so shocked when I met them. They'd always been on my TV and then, one day, they
were right there in front of me! I kept on thinking it must have been a mistake-but it wasn't. Being on the show is great,
mainly because everybody gets on like a house on fire.
THE ROAD FROM HERE-
Now that I'm all settled in, it's easy to enjoy the high points-like going to premieres or hanging out with the cast. But,
mostly, I get to think about where this will take me in years to come. Don't get me wrong, I'll be on Home and Away for a
while yet, but when I eventually move on, I'd love to keep going in the Australian industry. And hopefully I'll get enough
experience here to chase my ultimate dream-Hollywood!Right now, I'm just learning what I can, while I can. And with such a
jam-packed schedule, I'm learning my lessons twice over. I'd never realised how important sleep is until now! I love sleep
at the moment. So even if I have two minutes to myself these days, you can bet I'm resting. Some people think actors live
glamourous lives when they're off camera, but I just like to do things to relax me-just like anybody else.
I try not to
mix the show with my personal life, which is why my family is so important. But, then again, keeping the show out of my family
life isn't as easy as you'd think. They're all very into the show now-they rush home to watch it, not for me, but because
they're into the story!
Time off from the show means one more thing-being able to see my boyfriend. I know he's right
for me because we get on well together. I think that's what it is, if you're compatible and you have fun and you laugh, thenit's
right. People often ask me if he gets jealous when I have to kiss other boys on screen. I guess he does, but I think stage
kissing is one of the weirdest things you have to go through. You don't actually know who's a good kisser because it's fake!
You're touching someone's lips-that's it!
But, even now, it's amazing to me that I get to do things like this. I'm so
grateful. Being where I am right now-I don't think anyone expected it. All my friends read Dolly, so seeing their friend[me!]on
the cover this month-it's incredible! And it sure beats a mock cover-even if it aws with Daniel MacPherson!
FAVE LINE FROM A MOVIE:
"Has my heart loved till now? Forswear it, sight! For I never saw a true beauty till this night". Romeo + Juliet
FAVE CHICK FLICK:
Romeo + Juliet.
CD IN DISCMAN RIGHT NOW:
FAVE THING TO DO TO CHEER YOURSELF UP:
Have a bubble bath.
FAVE JUNK FOOD:
FAVE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING:
FAVE AUSSIE BAND:
FAVE THING ABOUT HOME AND AWAY:
The people[cast and crew].
IDEAL ROMANTIC DATE:
A candle-lit dinner at a restaurant.
A trip I took to Italy with my family.
FAVE CHARACTER ON FRIENDS:
Rachel [Jennifer Aniston].
WORST PICK UP LINE YOU'VE HEARD:
Is your dad an angel? Because he's stolen the stars and put them in your eyes.
CAR YOU'RE DYING TO BUY:
The latest VW Beetle.