AUSSIE AC­TRESSES

As Barry Egan talks to An­tipodean Cate Blanchett (see Page 10), Pat Fitz­patrick takes a look at some other fa­mous thes­pi­ans from Down Un­der

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - FIRST PERSON -

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Ni­cole was in

where she costarred with Tom Cruise’s ac­cent. (Can you re­mem­ber any­thing else about the movie?) She is now mar­ried to coun­try singer Keith Ur­ban. A lot of his songs are about singers who have the wrong name for their genre. (Keith Coun­try? Is it too much to ask?) As an Os­car win­ner, pro­ducer and lead­ing fe­male star, Ni­cole gets asked a lot of weighty ques­tions by the me­dia. Such as, “Tell us about Tom?” and “What in­spired you to let your hair go curly again?”

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Is that the seafood aisle in an Ice­landic su­per­mar­ket? No. Stop with the stupid ques­tions. An ac­com­plished ac­tress, Isla started out as Shan­non on and is cur­rently the voice of But­ton on That’s in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar among par­ents who use TV to rear their kids. (As if there’s any other kind.) Isla starred in with her hus­band, Sacha Baron Co­hen. You might know him as Ali G. Or that fella who used to be funny.

Home and Away 3 NI­COLE KID­MAN Far and Away, ISLA FISHER Sofia the First. The Brothers Grimsby MELISSA GE­ORGE

Don’t re­fer to her as An­gel from

Home and Away.

Melissa had an on-screen melt­down, telling in­ter­view­ers that she was sick of the show get­ting pub­lic­ity be­cause of her sub­se­quent suc­cess. The re­sult? got loads of pub­lic­ity. Flamin’ un­in­tended con­se­quences, as Alf Ste­wart might not say, be­cause con­se­quences is a fairly big word. Her char­ac­ter had a few run-ins with Shan­non. That one was no An­gel. Ah, stop.

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A mes­sage from the Or­di­nary Men of Ire­land. Some­one said that Kylie was the orig­i­nal hot young one in an Aussie soap, cast mainly to at­tract the mid­dle-aged­perv au­di­ence. We are not aware of any other kind of fe­male char­ac­ter in Aussie soaps. Ex­cept, of course, for your one Irene in Stone the flamin’ crows, as your man Alf Ste­wart would say, be­fore go­ing on to add some in­sult about women that would prob­a­bly have us in court with the fem­i­nists.

5 KYLIE MINOGUE Home and Away. POR­TIA DE ROSSI

Por­tia was pre­vi­ously mar­ried to sound en­gi­neer Mel Met­calfe, who ran off with her brother’s wife. So he wasn’t that sound. Her wed­ding to Ellen DeGeneres was a ve­gan af­fair. That meant no roast beef that had been in the oven since the time of the Cru­sades. And, as for an army of lit­tle old women serv­ing up two dol­lops of cold mash from a gi­ant sil­ver plate and say­ing, “Now”, there was none of that, ei­ther. Hol­ly­wood peo­ple. Crazy.

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