THE LAST WORD... ‘ ’ I turned 30 and decided to just not give a s**t any more … which is empowering
WITH MELISSA BERGLAND, JENNY GROSS
“I WORKED in retail and hospitality before I got the role of Jenny, but when I talk about that I get this barrage of abuse from people who work in retail or hospitality saying, ‘Without those jobs you wouldn’t be where you are’.
So I want to clarify it’s not a reflection on those jobs. Unfortunately, it’s just I happened to work with a***holes (laughs).
Jenny has grown up a lot in five years. She was literally a very inexperienced virgin still living with her parents. Now she’s found drive and a career she is passionate about, she’s got a man who treats her well and she’s done with being used. She’s tougher. She’s learning to speak up for herself.
I turned 30 recently and decided to just not give a s**t any more, which is empowering – just culling some things from my life that no longer serve me, loosening relationships with people that I find destructive or are just energy suckers, learning to say no. Maybe I’ve learned that from Jenny.
I felt like I struck gold (working with close friends and co-stars Mel Vallejo and Virginia Gay). Now (having worked on other projects) I’m starting to think people have the wrong ideas about actors because I’ve not met one a***hole among them.
Music came first for me. I started piano at four. After my father passed away (Mel was 14), Mum took me on a cruise and there was this karaoke jazz bar thing and I sang, and my mum was like, ‘Oh my God … that’s something that needs to be fostered’.
I do get over being asked about being a curvy woman on TV, because I feel like it doesn’t need to be a thing any more. If we keep talking about it, then it’s a thing. I’m aware of what I look like. In July I tweeted: ‘Can we please stop using the phrase real women. Yes, some women are gorgeous and naturally thin, they are not made of polystyrene.’
Nobody has spoken about Jenny’s size on the show. It’s not affected her ability to get men, her ability to dress nicely, to look good, get a good job. None of that has been an issue.
She didn’t talk about it and her friends didn’t love her any less and nobody said to her, ‘I’m just worried about your health’. Like f *** health. I can run 5km, can you?
If I dropped 20kg for a role, or because I wanted to I’d be a traitor and have people turn on me, and then I’d say the same thing: ‘Stop making a big deal’.” WINNERS & LOSERS TUESDAY, 8.30PM, SEVEN