The Courier-Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

GET­TING the big break in Hol­ly­wood takes a lot of hard work and re­silience.

Ac­tor Melina Vi­dler (pic­tured) moved to Los An­ge­les last year af­ter be­com­ing the sweet­heart of Aus­tralia.

Vi­dler, like thou­sands of young ac­tors be­fore her, hopes to fol­low in the foot­steps in the Aussie suc­cess sto­ries such as Chris Hemsworth, Mar­got

Rob­bie and Isla Fisher. In Aus­tralia for the AACTA awards this week, the blonde beauty said life in Hol­ly­wood could be men­tally drain­ing.

“It can be tough, and I am not go­ing to lie I have had mo­ments where I have ques­tioned my­self. There have been times in the past year when I have thought should I have a back-up plan,” she said.

“I re­mem­ber Mar­got Rob­bie say­ing af­ter Wolf Of Wall Street came out that ev­ery­one thought her ca­reer had hap­pened overnight, but it took years and lots of hard work.”

Vi­dler said she had re­sisted fall­ing into the in­dus­try cir­cles, keep­ing a close group of friends around her from out­side of Hol­ly­wood.

“I try to keep my per­sonal and so­cial life away from that West Hol­ly­wood in­dus­try scene which I think has helped me,” she said.

The young ac­tor will spend time in Syd­ney and with her fam­ily in Bris­bane dur­ing the hol­i­days.

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