Next stop HOLLYWOOD
The Neighbours stars on the road to be the new Margot Robbie
HOORAY for Hollywood. That is the catchphrase of any young actor joining the cast of Neighbours.
When Margot Robbie traded Ramsay Street for Tinseltown and international movie stardom, she showed all the cast members of the Eleven soapie that your wildest dreams can come true.
Robbie has worked alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Will Smith in Focus and Alexander Skarsgard in
The Legend of Tarzan.
Her current role is as crazed supervillain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, one of the most anticipated films of 2016 with an A-list cast including Smith, Jared Leto and Viola Davis.
Olympia Valance, Mavournee Hazel and Lily Van Der Meer know they have a role model to follow. They can dare to dream big.
Valance, who plays Paige Smith, has already signed with Roar, the US agency that represents Chris and Liam Hemsworth. The 23-yearold’s three-year contract with
Neighbours runs out early next year. Speculation is rife she will leave.
“It is all a bit under wraps at the moment but we’ll see what happens,” Valance says.
“Neighbours is my home at the moment and I love my job. Long term I absolutely want to try something else in the UK or USA. That’s the dream.
“Nothing can prepare you for a big move like that and I’m a real homebody. The thought of moving away from my family and friends really frightens me but in life you’ve got to take risks. I never want to look back and regret not trying something.”
Hazel, who plays Piper Willis, has been on Neighbours for just on a year so she is busy soaking up every acting skill she possibly can. Hollywood is on the wish list and she knows the skills she is learning on
Neighbours provide the perfect launching pad.
“I’ve developed (as an actor) so much since I started on Neighbours,” Hazel says. “I’m very content being here and I want to make the most of this training ground.
“Overseas is very much a part of my future but before I give LA or England a proper go I really want to make sure I’m prepared for it. “Margot’s work ethic (on Neighbours) was impeccable. She always arrived on set knowing her lines. Being where Margot has been I’m trying to replicate that.” Van Der Meer has already been labelled “the next Margot Robbie”. The 16-year-old joined the show in February. Like Robbie, she was raised on the Gold Coast.
Van Der Meer plays rebellious teen Xanthe Canning who lives with grandmother Sheila (Colette Mann) and half-brother Kyle (Chris Milligan). “I’d aspired to be on
Neighbours so to get the role at 16 was incredible,” Van Der Meer says. “I’m not sure what the future holds. I’m happy where I am right now.
“Colette took me under her wing. I’d never been on a set before. We are very close. It has been amazing to have her help me along my way.”
Valance knows how far she has evolved as an actor since she joined Neighbours. Paige is a complex character who has had a rollercoaster life.
She’s been arrested, blackmailed, involved in a stolen car ring, survived the explosion at Lassiter’s Hotel and had her heart broken by undercover cop Mark Brennan (Scott McGregor).
That has meant plenty of meaty scenes for Valance – the perfect preparation for a shot at Hollywood stardom.
“I’d love to try a supernatural character – something completely different to me or Paige,” Valance says. “I love all the Harry Potter films, Star
Wars, The Hobbit, something like that.”
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