Pippa’s hooked on LA

Aus­tralian ac­tor Pippa Black went to LA for a sit­com in 2010 and has been work­ing there since

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NOW it’s a grown- up Pippa Black who pops up in the fi­nal episode of sea­son 13 of Law & Or­der: SVU as a pros­ti­tute.

Black, 29, re­lo­cated to Los An­ge­les in 2010, af­ter leav­ing Neigh­bours in 2009, mov­ing to take up a role in short- lived NBC sit­com Out­sourced.

The show ran for one sea­son and was can­celled by NBC a year ago.

But Black ( pic­tured) has stayed on in the US, re­cently film­ing an in­de­pen­dent movie, as well as her guest role in the SVU sea­son fi­nale.

‘‘ How did I get the role? I guess some­one thought I’d make a great hooker,’’ Black gig­gles down the phone from her Hol­ly­wood home.

The role of ice- cool hooker Carissa Gib­son is a far cry from the Neigh­bours per­sona she honed from 2005 to 2009.

It’s also the first chance Black has had to use her Amer­i­can ac­cent on TV.

‘‘ In Out­sourced I played an Aus­tralian on an Amer­i­can show set in In­dia, if that makes sense,’’ she says.

‘‘ So this was a first, tele­vi­sion- wise, for me. I don’t find the ac­cent hard, I’m sur­rounded by Amer­i­cans over here.

‘‘ I spend my days au­di­tion­ing and study­ing and catch­ing up oc­ca­sion­ally with the other Aussie ac­tors here.

‘‘ I moved over when I got the Out­sourced pilot and stayed for the indie film I’ve just shot My Funny Valen­tine. I’m also look­ing at an­other pro­ject which I can’t talk about yet.’’

Black plays her first lead­ing role as the char­ac­ter Zoe in My Funny Valen­tine, which is still in post pro­duc­tion.

The Aussie star­let said she was as­tounded at the pace the Law & Or­der: SVU team worked.

‘‘ It’s a quick turn­around – they’re a pro­fes­sional team,’’ she said.

‘‘ Usu­ally you shoot some­thing and it’s months be­fore it goes to air, but this turned around very quickly. It was on air in no time.’’

The sea­son- en­der of Law & Or­der: SVU has it all – an out- of- control party, con­spir­acy, a bunch of pow­er­ful and high- pro­file rev­ellers who seem to have am­ne­sia and, of course, a mur­der.

Black’s guest role is cen­tral to the ac­tion, as the pros­ti­tute who knows maybe a lit­tle too much for her own good. Suf­fice to say she is front and cen­tre as the sea­son 13 cred­its roll.

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