I only had one rule; to be real, hon­est and be my­self

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i, e a n. th Tkautz in a steamy scene with co-star An­dre Eik­meier from Chan­nel Nine’s short-lived 1990s soap Pa­cific Drive. w with the mis­con­cep­tion that her c ca­reer en­tered a wilder­ness af­ter EStreet, the early ’90s soap she starred in for three years as trou­bled teen Nikki Spencer. The truth is that in those sup­posed wilder­ness years she was busy record­ing mu­sic, per­form­ing, pre­sent­ing and star­ring in a string of TV shows in­clud­ing Pa­cific Drive, P Par­adise Beach and All Saints. “It’s not like I went from E-Street to Real House­wives, there was a whole care ca­reer in be­tween,” she says. “I had small breaks around the time my chil­dren were bo born, but oth­er­wise I have worked con­sis­ten con­sis­tently. I started in the in­dus­try when I was four, m mod­el­ling and do­ing com­mer­cials. I don’t know how to do any­thing else.” The 43-y 43-year-old — who lives on Syd­ney’s north­ern be beaches with in­vest­ment banker h hus­bandb dK Kwesi Ni­cholas and their chil­dren, Ayla, seven and Cuba, four — says she would gladly re­turn to the show if she was asked. “I know the show didn’t sell over­seas but it rated re­ally well and had a huge fol­low­ing, I don’t want people to think it failed,” she says. “At the mo­ment it’s a wait­ing game, we don’t know if a sec­ond sea­son will be an­nounced or who the cast will be but I would do it again.” icole Reaney, me­dia com­men­ta­tor and founder of so­cial in­flu­encer agency #AsSeenOn, says we are liv­ing in an era where ev­ery­day people become celebri­ties through re­al­ity TV, most no­tably Big Brother run­ner-up Chrissy Swan, Aus­tralian Idol con­tes­tant Jessica Mauboy and So­phie Monk — who rose to fame af­ter ap­pear­ing on Pop­stars in the early 2000s.

“You gen­er­ally open your­self up to scru­tiny once you become a pub­lic fig­ure,” Reaney says. “It re­ally de­pends on your end-goal. If you are CON­TIN­UED NEXT PAGE

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