ANNA COC­QUEREL ‘DON’T COM­PARE YOUR­SELF TO OTH­ERS’

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Anna has had a huge year. Like Olivia, she bal­ances high school with her role on Home And Away, and her work has been cut out for her dur­ing the past few months. Anna’s char­ac­ter, Coco, has been suf­fer­ing through bu­limia and this sen­si­tive sub­ject has taught the young ac­tress a lot.

‘I hope view­ers can un­der­stand eat­ing dis­or­ders are more com­mon than they used to be,’ the 16-year-old ex­plains. ‘It’s a tough topic, but it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to know help is out there. Noone has to suf­fer alone. I hope Coco’s is­sues have helped raise aware­ness for fam­ily and friends to see the warn­ing signs so they can of­fer love and sup­port to the per­son in need.’

Fac­ing her own in­se­cu­ri­ties, Anna shares one piece of ad­vice with fans. ‘Do not com­pare your­self to oth­ers,’ she says adamantly. ‘Every­one has their in­se­cu­ri­ties. It’s about look­ing past that and fo­cus­ing on be­ing the best you can be. Learn to love your­self and your body, not in spite of your flaws, but be­cause of them.’

With nearly a year on the show un­der her belt, Anna says she feels more com­fort­able. ‘I feel there is al­ways pres­sure in what you do,’ she says. ‘In the be­gin­ning, there may have been some pres­sure, how­ever, I’ve now been do­ing this for nearly a year and with ev­ery week, I find my­self feel­ing more com­fort­able. If I do get ner­vous, it’s nor­mal – it just brings me back down to earth.’

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