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Ac­tor Pia Miller smoul­ders in our Ital­ian-in­spired shoot.

Do not un­der­es­ti­mate Pia Miller. (The 32-year-old ac­tor doesn’t pay at­ten­tion to peo­ple who doubt her, any­way.) Hav­ing come from a mod­el­ling back­ground, she ad­mits some peo­ple had cer­tain precon­ceived ideas about her when she joined the cast of Home and Away in 2014. “Re­gard­less of what peo­ple said then [about my act­ing skills] or will con­tinue to say, I’m just hav­ing a go and try­ing my best,” she says.

Try­ing her best means tack­ling some in­tense sto­ry­lines. Her char­ac­ter, po­lice of­fi­cer Kata­rina Chap­man, re­cently suf­fered a break­down, went through a break-up and bat­tled anxiety. Miller doesn’t sep­a­rate her­self from her scenes. “I find the truth in it and I use what­ever I have avail­able from my own life to create an hon­est per­for­mance.”

Miller’s per­sonal life re­volves around her sons, Isa­iah, 13, and Len­nox, nine, who she is rais­ing with ex-hus­band Brad Miller. The cou­ple split in Oc­to­ber

last year, but she says they have main­tained a strong re­la­tion­ship. “We’ve got an open di­a­logue when it comes to the boys and we’re work­ing re­ally well to­gether,” she says. “Both of us have the same best in­ter­est at heart for them. As long as we have that in com­mon, we will do great.”

Brows­ing Miller’s In­sta­gram ac­count, it ap­pears that her life is, in­deed, great. In be­tween tanned bikini shots and in­spi­ra­tional quotes are loved-up pics of the ac­tor and her film-pro­ducer boyfriend, Tyson Mul­lane. The pair con­firmed their re­la­tion­ship with a Valen­tine’s Day snap ear­lier this year, and de­spite Mul­lane’s pho­to­genic looks, Miller in­sists she wasn’t at­tracted to him be­cause of his abil­ity to take a good selfie. “Tyson is very cre­ative and I love see­ing what he does with his work,” she says. That’s amore.

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Zim­mer­mann ban­deau, $250, and skirt (worn un­der­neath), $550, zim­mer­man­nwear.com; Cue skirt, $349, cue.cc;

Dion Lee T-shirt, $290, dion­lee.com; Ken­neth Jay

Lane ear­rings, $239, com; Christie Ni­co­laides bracelets, $209 (large), and $149 (small), christieni­co­laides.myshopify.com;

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