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It was sort of good it happened because it broke the ice with everyone.
– Dannii Minogue
I had an acting coach while I was doing the show and every week I could see my work improving. I really liked working on the show because I was learning new things every day.
I couldn’t sing to save myself. Greg went to John after the audition and said, ‘She’s cute, but she can’t sing very well’ and he said, ‘I know. We’ll teach her. I just want her on the show’.
Also, there are seats in the diner that always fall off the table. If you have a scene where you’re packing up at the end of the day and putting them on the table, they just slide off.
Kylie and I were both taking piano lessons at the time and didn’t think of acting. A friend rang mum up and said, ‘How about bringing Kylie and Danielle in because they might be right for the part?’
It was like a classic thing with Emma. So I walked in and I slammed the door and everything fell off the wall on the set. It was my second or third scene and I was so embarrassed and scared and so nervous about what everyone would say, but everyone just packed up laughing.
I knew at the time that that wasn’t the part I would be doing, they just wanted a screentest so they could have a look at it to show to the directors and producers. Then they wrote a part for me or maybe they already had it in mind, I don’t know.
Since I’ve been in Playboy myself in Australia, I love it, and I think it’s really empowering and positive towards women, which is not a view that many women hold.
I had a scene where the chair was meant to slide off the table, but do you think it would slide off? No. We were running out of time and we had to get these scenes done urgently.
I’m not living for when I have a Number One record or when I make a million trillion dollars. I’m not doing this to get somewhere else. I’m doing it because I’m doing it.’
I didn’t expect to get it at all. I just went along to the audition for the experience.
It was like an older but better version of Young Talent Time because we had more time to spend on it. There were three guys and three girls and we made thirteen episodes that were sold in the United States and Canada.
Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married, was full of encouragement. She didn’t say, ‘This is really good, you should do this’, She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.
Everyone has determination – it’s a question of how you use it. Hers is based on power and success and conquering; she doesn’t care what she has to do or who gets hurt in the process. In that way we’re very, very different.
The funniest thing happened in one of my first scenes. In the beginning Emma was really arrogant and punk and in every scene she would slam the door when she walked in or out.
They had asked for me because they wanted a younger girl, but Mum asked if she could bring Kylie along because she didn’t want there to be any jealously.
I always watched the show thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to be a member?’, but I never thought it would happen.
We were great mates. We didn’t really go out together because we never really had the time to go out. But we were with each other all the time anyway because we were working all the time. We could sit down and talk for hours, and we still can. We just understood each other.