Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Colin Vick­ery

ME­LANIE Vallejo can keep a se­cret. A fort­night ago, the 36-year-old Win­ners & Losers star took to In­sta­gram to re­veal she was about six months preg­nant.

Now that Seven’s drama has fin­ished film­ing, Vallejo is mov­ing on to the next stage of life.

Win­ners & Losers this week cel­e­brates its 100th episode and Vallejo’s char­ac­ter, So­phie Wong, has come a long way. So­phie started out a raunchy party girl – booze, drugs and ca­sual sex were all part of the equa­tion.

Now she is more set­tled. She is in a re­la­tion­ship with house­mate Luke MacKen­zie (Nathin But­ler) and still best friends with Frances James (Vir­ginia Gay) and Jenny Gross (Melissa Ber­g­land).

“So­phie is al­most un­recog­nis­able from the first episode,” Vallejo says.

“It took a long time but she found her feet. She has gone through lots of crazy pro­mis­cu­ous sex and changes of ca­reers and lots of boyfriends.”

The fifth sea­son of Win­ners & Losers will be its last, and Vallejo says the time feels right for it to end.

“The con­tent of the show, about young women’s friend­ships, has re­ally mir­rored what we went through as ac­tors – get­ting to know each other,” she says.

“When we got to the fifth sea­son, know­ing it was end­ing, there were a lot of tears – not only from the char­ac­ters, but also the ac­tors. We feel like we’ve shared so much of each other’s lives.”



Besties: Vir­ginia Gay, Me­lanie Vallejo and Melissa Ber­g­land.

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