Easter treat with Natalie

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Coast favourite Natalie Gru­zlewski (pic­tured) hosts Easter with The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly. Chef Ben O’donoghue, joined by morn­ing tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties Karl Ste­fanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, So­nia Kruger and David Camp­bell, cre­ates a feast with a Mediter­ranean twist. Hi-5’ s Casey Burgess in­dulges in choco­late. Livinia Nixon vis­its Mag­gie Beer’s or­chard. AFL leg­end Robert ‘‘Dip­per’’ Dipier­domenico helps Julie Good­win cook up some camp favourites. Jesinta Camp­bell re­ports on au­tumn fash­ion and for­mer swim star Gi­aan Rooney gets crafty with kids.

MER­MAIDS Phoebe Tonkin, Cariba Heine and Claire Holt long ago moved on to big­ger ponds from the Gold Coast­filmed in­ter­na­tional kids hit H20 Just Add Water.

Tonkin went on to Aus­tralian ac­tion film To­mor­row When the War Be­gan and cult Cana­dian hor­ror se­ries The Se­cret Cir­cle, Heine to The Pa­cific and Dance Academy, and Holt to US hits Pretty Lit­tle Liars and The Vampire Diaries.

Now a sec­ond wave of H20s­tars is on the cusp of star­dom, among them Cleo Massey.

The Mer­maid Wa­ters 18-year-old was 11 when she got her break on H20, ap­pear­ing in more than 70 episodes of the hit kids show.

Massey played Tonkin’s on-screen sis­ter Kim, ‘‘a bit of a cow’’. ‘‘Lit­tle sis­ters are sup­posed to be an­noy­ing,’’ Massey says with a laugh.

‘‘Peo­ple who loved the show used to get on the web­site and talk about how much they hated her, but that made her fun to play. I got to be as cheeky in front of the cam­eras as I liked.’’

Un­like the show’s trio of main play­ers, Kim had no spe­cial pow­ers. Nor did her real-life al­ter ego Massey ever wear a mer­maid’s tail.

‘‘I’d watch the older girls and wish I could – es­pe­cially as an 11 and 12-year-old,’’ she says.

Massey may have grown up since she filmed H20, but she re­mains fresh in view­ers minds.

‘‘I worked in a juice bar for a while and peo­ple were al­ways com­ing up and say­ing, ‘Aren’t you that girl from H20?’ ’’

Massey’s most re­cent projects in­clude a role in The Lit­tle Things, filmed in Bris­bane in 2010, play­ing a young ver­sion of the film’s star Kathryn Beck ( East of Ev­ery­thing) in flash­back scenes. The film aired in Toronto last week, se­cur­ing an al­most global dis­tri­bu­tion deal.

Massey is also the star of the new short film I’m Home, penned by lo­cal Mitch Ziems. She works in the film along­side her real-life mum, Wendy Wa­ters-massey, an ac­tress and per­form­ing arts teacher. I’m Home screens as part of the short film pro­gram at Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val next month.

Massey’s fam­ily has the act­ing bug. Dad makes videos and lit­tle brother Joey, 12, has ap­peared in films and on TV shows.

Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val plays Birch Car­roll & Coyle Cine­mas, Australia Fair, South­port from April 19 to 29.

See Cleo Massey at Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val

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