Farmer’s daughter to porn hawker
GILLIAN Alexy has traded droving cattle in Blundstone boots for a pair of heels in a sex shop.
After a string of teen and child roles, the McLeod’s Daughters star is relishing the chance to play a more adult character— in fact a sex-shop worker with a sideline in porn videos — in the new Channel 9 drama The Strip.
Though sad to learn that McLeod’s was coming to an end this year, Alexy says she was also excited about the prospect of diving into some new roles.
Alexy, 25, played teenage Tayler on the rural drama for 18 months before the long-running series was axed.
She returned from South Australia
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to her Sydney-based apartment and boyfriend once filming finished.
‘‘I have done an episode of Packed to the Rafters (the new Channel 7 series starring Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson) and that was fun,’’ she says.
‘‘I also did The Strip with (former McLeod’s co-star) Aaron (Jeffery).
‘‘I really enjoyed that because it was something really different to Tayler.
‘‘It was filmed on the Gold Coast too, which is definitely a long way from the farm in South Australia.
‘‘I got to put on make-up and heels.
‘‘I played a sex-shop worker, who’s also involved in porn videos.’’
Alexy has been working as an actor since she was 10 and, until now, always played very young people because of her fresh-faced looks.
Before McLeod’s she worked on the children’s drama Ship to Shore and All Saints.
‘‘I’m 25 and it’s really the first time I’ve done an adult role, which is great,’’ she says.
‘‘ I played a 17-year-old in McLeod’s. I have been playing young people for most of my career.
‘‘I was playing 15-year-olds before that ( McLeod’s).
‘‘I just look young.’’
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