“You have to have a re­ally thick skin to do this… it changes you”

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Cover - Neigh­bours airs 6.30pm week­nights, on Eleven.

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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