‘HOW I HID MY BABY BUMP’
Winners and Losers, The Big Music Quiz, and now she’s the voice of Seven’s new reality series, Australia’s Cheapest Weddings. Yes, it’s safe to say we’ve reached peak Melanie Vallejo.
“Oh God, I know,” laughs the star, who, at 30-something weeks pregnant, is chatting to us from her temporary base in New Zealand, where she’s escaped to await the birth of her first child, due next month.
“It’s funny that all the stuff I’ve been working on is all on at the same time, because you shoot everything so far in advance.
“Winners — we finished shooting that forever ago. And then The Big Music Quiz — that was so much fun, but it was really only over two nights, because we shoot it live.
“I can’t remember when that was, but I do know I was pregnant, but that we hadn’t announced it yet — so I was ‘ bump hiding.’ ”
When Vallejo finally announced her pregnancy on Instagram back in July, she was already well over halfway. The news came as a huge surprise to fans — and also, reportedly, to Channel 7, who have a contract with the star to remain “with the Seven family”.
“I don’t have any projects lined up, but I have been chatting with Seven,” she says.
“They’ve been very understanding of the whole baby thing.
“I called Julie McGauran (Seven ’s head of drama), and she was like, ‘That’s amazing. Forget about work — work will always be there.’
“So they are happy for me to take some time out and have the bub.
“That is why things like this voice-over (for Australia’s Cheapest Weddings) has been so perfect, because it allowed me to just roll into the sound booth with my growing belly, and it didn’t matter.”
And who doesn’t love a wedding?
“Exactly. They asked if I wanted to do it, and I love a good wedding, so I was like, ‘I’m intrigued.’
“I watched an episode and I thought it was really sweet, so I wanted to be involved.”
The show features different couples each week who are doing their nuptials on the cheap.
It was a concept that resonated with Vallejo, who was a refreshingly “fussfree” bride when she married Matt Kingston in 2011.
“I don’t think you’d call mine a cheap wedding, but I definitely don’t think I was a ‘carried away bride’, ” Vallejo says.
AUSTRALIA’S CHEAPEST WEDDINGS, CHANNEL 7, MONDAY, 9PM