Sur­sok lies low to es­cape fans

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AUSSIE ac­tress Tammin Sur­sok is some­times a Pretty Lit­tle Liar her­self – to es­cape the fame of be­ing on the hit US se­ries. Sur­sok, who starred in Home And Away be­fore head­ing to the US, says be­ing cast on Pretty Lit­tle Liars has been great for her ca­reer, es­pe­cially with a fifth sea­son be­ing com­mis­sioned.

She does how­ever pay a small price for play­ing Jenna Mar­shall, a re­cur­ring char­ac­ter on the cult se­ries.

First there’s the fans of the se­ries that camp out­side the LA home she shares with her di­rec­tor/writer hus­band Sean McEwen, and she also has ho­tel staff screen calls when she trav­els.

‘‘It’s the big­gest show for teenagers in Amer­ica right now and there’s a huge cult fol­low­ing,’’ says Sur­sok.

‘‘Peo­ple start sit­ting out­side your house and prank call­ing your ho­tel room, that’s why there was a ‘silent’ on the room when you called.’’

Sur­sok got her big break in the US in 2007 on the long-run­ning soapie The Young And The Rest­less and re­mained with the se­ries for more than 150 episodes.

The gam­ble to leave The Young And The Rest­less led to a sea­son on Han­nah Mon­tana, fol­lowed by Pretty Lit­tle Liars.

When she popped-up on Han­nah Mon­tana Sur­sok was crit­i­cised for leav­ing The Young And The Rest­less – which was a sta­ble, well-es­tab­lished adult se­ries – for a Dis­ney teen sit­com.

‘‘It was a big jump to leave the show and try other things . . . but you have to take a chance,’’ she says.

Even though Sur­sok is con­tracted to Pretty Lit­tle Liars, she has free­dom to pur­sue other roles.

She has two movies in post-pro­duc­tion while an­other, Grace­land, which she and McEwen co-pro­duced, gained distri­bu­tion rights in the US af­ter be­ing screened at 2012 Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val in New York.

Sur­sok says she would love to ap­pear in an Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion but there just aren’t as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as there are in the US.

‘‘I still feel like an Aussie and I’d like to do more work here but it’s like I get em­ployed more in the States,’’ she says.

Pretty Lit­tle Liars: Go!

DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Tammin Sur­sok

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