“You have to have a really thick skin to do this… it changes you”
Valance grew fond of Kian Bafekrpour, the little boy who played her onscreen baby, Gabriel. “Leaving him was hard,” she says. “And playing a mother wasn’t weird – I’ve always babysat. I’ve always had children in my arms. And when you develop a relationship with them, it’s hard to say goodbye.
“I think I cried every day for the last two weeks,” she adds. “Even my last drive into [the set at] Nunawading, I was sobbing all the way to work, knowing I may never get to see so much of these people who mean so much to me again.”
At the end of last month, Valance departed Melbourne and headed to Hollywood, where she will try her luck auditioning for a variety of TV pilots.
She meets with Stellar just days before her big move, and while she is filled with excitement, also reveals she has made no fixed plans. “I’m surrendering to whatever fate has in store,” she says. “I don’t want to take my work too seriously. I love acting – because I have fun with it. As soon as it starts getting too serious, I might have to rethink.
“I could take on a heavy, dramatic role,” Valance continues, “but that’s not my aim. I love comedy, I love action, doing my own stunts, dressing up in costumes. I can be emotional [for a role] but it’s hard and it hurts! If something great came along, of course, I’d jump at it.
“What I really want to do,” she admits, “is be a superhero.”
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