Fish­ing for her fu­ture in the US

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HOLLYWOOD-BOUND Home and Away star­let Rhi­an­non Fish has no in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing to live in Aus­tralia. The 22-year-old says she has a place to stay in West Hollywood and will leave for the US early in 2014, in time for pilot sea­son (Jan­uary-March) when au­di­tions for new TV shows are held in Los An­ge­les.

Fish has had a deep and mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion with her part­ner, 2011 The X Fac­tor win­ner Reece Mastin, about hav­ing a long dis­tance re­la­tion­ship and the im­por­tance of her be­ing per­ma­nently based in the US.

Mastin and Fish met last year dur­ing the shoot­ing of his mu­sic video Shout It Out. He has been a regular au­di­ence mem­ber while Fish com­petes in Danc­ing with the Stars. ‘‘I am not com­ing back,’’ Fish says. ‘‘I’ll visit, be­cause my fam­ily is here, but you have to to­tally com­mit to the fight there.

‘‘It’s one thing to send tapes but you have to be in those rooms to show you want it.’’

Fish is con­fi­dent the long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship with Mastin is pos­si­ble, hav­ing seen her mother and father suc­cess­fully con­duct one for the past 10 years. Her father lives in Rus­sia, re­turn­ing home for a few weeks each year and Fish says this shows her it is pos­si­ble.

‘‘Ab­sence does make the heart grow fonder and I think it’s made their re­la­tion­ship stronger,’’ she says. ‘‘We will make it work.’’ Fish has al­ready started the au­di­tion­ing process for US movies and TV shows af­ter find­ing her­self LAbased man­age­ment.

The Cana­dian-born ac­tress says she’s aware of how tough it is to break through in the US, es­pe­cially af­ter watch­ing the ABC se­ries Next Stop Hollywood ear­lier this year. It de­tailed the plight of sev­eral Aus­tralian ac­tors dur­ing pilot sea­son.

That’s why she needs to base her­self per­ma­nently in the US and not think about when she will re­turn to Aus­tralia, she says.

‘‘I’m go­ing to stay and have Christ­mas with Reece and my fam­ily and then I’ll head over to the US in Jan­uary,’’ Fish says.

‘‘I watched it ( Next Stop Hollywood) with an­other cou­ple of ac­tors and we were like ‘wow’ this in­dus­try is tough. To see that show first and what ex­actly those peo­ple had to go through was an eye opener.’’

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Danc­ing with the Stars: Sun­days and Tues­days, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

Rhi­an­non Fish

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