Se­duc­tive role for EX-NEIGH­BOUR

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Close Up - – Deb­bie Schipp

She quit her role as the ma­nip­u­la­tive Elle Robin­son in Neigh­bours to fur­ther spread her act­ing wings.

Now it’s a grown-up Pippa Black who pops up in the fi­nal episode of sea­son 13 of Law and Or­der SVU as a se­duc­tive pros­ti­tute.

Black, 29, re­lo­cated to Los An­ge­les in 2010 af­ter leav­ing Neigh­bours in 2009, mov­ing to take up a role in short-lived NBC sit­com Out­sourced.

The show ran for one sea­son and was can­celled by NBC a year ago.

But Black has stayed on in the US, re­cently film­ing an in­de­pen­dent movie, as well as her guest role in the SVU sea­son fi­nale.

“How did I get the role? I guess some­one thought I’d make a great hooker,” Black gig­gles down the phone from her Hol­ly­wood home.

The role of ice-cool hooker Carissa Gib­son is a far cry from the Neigh­bours per­sona she honed from 2005 to 2009.

It’s also the first chance Black has had to use her Amer­i­can ac­cent on tele­vi­sion.

“In Out­sourced I played an Aus­tralian on an Amer­i­can show set in In­dia – if that makes sense,” she says. “So this was a first tele­vi­sion wise for me. “I don’t find the ac­cent hard – I’m sur­rounded by Amer­i­cans over here.

“I spend my days au­di­tion­ing and study­ing and catch up oc­ca­sion­ally with the other Aussie ac­tors over here.

“I moved over when I got the Out­sourced pilot and stayed for the indie film I’ve just shot, My Funny Valen­tine.

“I’m also look­ing at an­other pro­ject over here which I can’t talk about just yet.”

My Funny Valen­tine is Black’s first lead­ing role – she plays a char­ac­ter named Zoe – and is still in post pro­duc­tion.

Black was as­tounded at the pace at which the Law and Or­der: SVU team worked.

“It’s a quick turn­around, they’re a pro­fes­sional team,” she said.

“Usu­ally you shoot some­thing and it’s months be­fore it goes to air, but this turned around over there very quickly – it was on air in no time.”

The sea­son-en­der of Law and Or­der: SVU has it all – an out-of-control party, con­spir­acy, a bunch of pow­er­ful and high pro­file rev­ellers who seem to have de­vel­oped am­ne­sia, and of course, a mur­der.

Black’s guest role is cen­tral to the ac­tion, as the pros­ti­tute who knows maybe a lit­tle too much for her own good. Suf­fice to say she is front and cen­tre as the sea­son 13 cred­its roll.

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