Win­ning look has some re­stric­tions

A trans­for­ma­tion is def­i­nitely in Melissa Ber­g­land’s fu­ture, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

WIN­NERS and Losers star Melissa Ber­g­land says she’s a bit car­toon­ish for her own lik­ing and wants to change her look to avoid be­ing type­cast.

The ef­fer­ves­cent ac­tor, who re­cently won the Most Pop­u­lar New Fe­male Tal­ent Lo­gie, says when the time is right she will change her phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance so she’s more ap­peal­ing to cast­ing agents and di­rec­tors.

Though Ber­g­land says it is un­likely any ma­jor changes will hap­pen un­til her role as Jenny Gross on Chan­nel 7’s Win­ners and Losers comes to an end.

‘‘The look I have to main­tain for the show means I am not phys­i­cally and vis­ually right for a lot of jobs,’’ Ber­g­land says.

‘‘Af­ter the life of Win­ners and Losers and the show has died a nat­u­ral death – I don’t want it to stop any time soon and I hope it goes to a fifth and sixth sea­son, but once that part of my life is done I will en­deav­our to look dif­fer­ent and get rid of the red hair.

‘‘I’m a bit car­toon­ish and I am very an­i­mated and I have a very strik­ing look, which doesn’t make me much of a chameleon.’’

In re­gard to her Lo­gies win in April, Ber­g­land says she is hon­oured but ad­mits she hasn’t seen a fi­nan­cial wind­fall as yet.

She still drives a ‘‘beat-up’’ car and ad­mits to tak­ing out a loan be­tween the first and sec­ond se­ries of Win­ners and

Losers to pay her rent. Ber­g­land says there’s a mis­con­cep­tion within the in­dus­try and some friends that be­cause she’s on tele­vi­sion and a Lo­gie win­ner she must be rak­ing in the money.

‘‘The pop­u­lar mis­con­cep­tion is that you’re earn­ing a lot of money – and some­times the worst cul­prits of this are within the in­dus­try,’’ she says.

‘‘I can’t af­ford to live by my­self – I live with two other peo­ple, I drive a ’99 Dai­hatsu Sirion with paint chips, that needs the fan belt fixed and does not even have cen­tral lock­ing.

‘‘Be­cause I got paid for six months and that pay has to last you 12 months . . . I took out a loan to pay my rent.’’ A sec­ond sea­son of Win­ners

and Losers is in the can. A third sea­son de­pends on sea­son two’s rat­ings, says Ber­g­land.

Win­ners and Losers: Tues­days, 8.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

Melissa Ber­g­land (left) and snapped with cast mem­bers Zoe Tuck­well-Smith, Vir­ginia Gay and Me­lanie Vallejo.

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