Would you ever consider a return toNeighbours, either as Lisa or a different character?
Absolutely! If they ever wanted me back I would definitely do it. It was such an incredible experience. I learnt so much while having so much fun.
Did you keep in touch with any of your co-stars from your time on Neighbours?
Yeah, it has been quite a long time but I talk to Marisa occasionally.
Do you ever find yourself being recognised these days, thanks to your Neighboursrole?
Yeah I do. It’s really weird that it still happens. Just last Saturday night about 10 different people came up and asked me if I was Summer’s mean Canadian friend from Neighbours.
Have you ever been a Neighbours viewer yourself?
I sure have, I love the show.
What are you doing these days?
I actually just filmed a pilot for a new Disney TV series As the Bell Rings which Sianoa Smit McPhee [Bree] fromNeighbours is in too. The pilot is currently being sent to America for approval, and then hopefully we will start filming later this year. It’s a children’s show with some really talented and funny teens in it so I can’t wait to start. I have to put on an Australian accent and the character I’m playing is so incredibly different to Lisa. She’s a fairly unattractive sporty tom boy called Rocky. So it’s a really fantastic opportunity to try playing someone completely different.
Finally, as it continues its 23rd season on Australian television, what do you think accounts for Neighbours’ enduring success?
I think that the show is so successful because not only are the actors wonderful, so is everyone else that works there. I mean the directors, the lighting people, the sound people, scriptwriters, hair and make-up and everyone else all work so well together. While I was there I never saw anything go wrong, the production of Neighbours is pretty much flawless. That’s just one of the reasons why I think it is such a success.