‘MY DAUGH­TER THINKS IZZY IS HI­LAR­I­OUS!’

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It will for­ever be one of Neigh­bours’ most mem­o­rable mo­ments – Izzy Hoy­land go­ing into labour dur­ing Karl and Su­san’s wed­ding on a boat.

Now, the soap’s most in­fa­mous home­wrecker is mak­ing her long-awaited come­back af­ter a 10-year hia­tus. And ac­tress Na­talie Bass­ingth­waighte, 42, prom­ises even more fire­works!

What can view­ers ex­pect from Izzy this time around?

She has an agenda, and she’ll stop at noth­ing to make it hap­pen!

Did your re­turn feel like a trip down mem­ory lane?

Most of the crew is still the same, and it’s filmed in the same build­ing, but the cast is mostly new. I felt like I was in a time warp!

Have your kids ever watched Neigh­bours?

I showed a bit to Harper and she thought it was hi­lar­i­ous.

Does she un­der­stand your job?

Harper’s aware I’m on TV be­cause some of the older kids at school ask what her mum’s name is, but I’m just her mum. It’s just Mummy go­ing to work.

Do you think she’ll fol­low in your foot­steps?

She’s such a per­former. She’s al­ways putting on shows and she’s really funny – she pulls out an Amer­i­can and English ac­cent so eas­ily.

You re­cently posted a throw­back on In­sta­gram of your­self hang­ing out with the Kar­dashi­ans and Mel B…

They were over here for the Kar­dashian cloth­ing launch. It was when Kim had just bro­ken up with hus­band Kris Humphries. They were really sweet, ac­tu­ally – and so tiny!

Are you still in touch with Mel?

I haven’t seen or spo­ken to her since The X Fac­tor wrapped up. It’s in­tense what she’s been go­ing through [a bit­ter di­vorce from hus­band Stephen Be­la­fonte], though. I think you have to be strong oth­er­wise you fall to pieces. I don’t envy that sit­u­a­tion at all.

You’re look­ing fab – what’s your se­cret?

I go to Pi­lates four or five times a week. And I don’t drink as much as I used to, ei­ther!

Na­talie Bass­ingth­waighte re­turns to NEIGH­BOURS Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, 6.30pm, Win & Eleven

Her role as Izzy earned her three Lo­gie Award nom­i­na­tions.

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