Pippa’s hooked on LA
Australian actor Pippa Black went to LA for a sitcom in 2010 and has been working there since
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.