> Georgia Bolton
Having appeared in numerous television series, movies, short films and theatre productions, 2005 saw Georgia Bolton make her Neighbours debut as Chrissy Taylor aka wrestler Alice Spring. Here, Georgia chats about her career and her experience filming with the Neighbours...
Can you tell us a little about your career before your appearance in Neighbours?
I have been acting professionally for around 10 years, and have appeared in various Australian dramas and short films, TVC’s, etc, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I was asked to do Neighbours.
How did the role of Chrissy Taylor come about? Was it just a typical audition?
I did audition for this role. Initially the character was to be in a gold bikini. Much to my relief after I was cast, her wrestling persona was changed to ‘Alice Spring’ which meant she was dressed in outback type gear.
Did you enjoy playing her? How would you describe the character?
I actually really did enjoy playing her, she is a lot of fun. Especially because I was able to take on two personas, the over the top, vivacious ‘Alice Spring’ and the more down to earth Chrissy Taylor.
Were there any actors you particularly enjoyed working with?
My scenes were all with Patrick and Ryan (Toadie and Connor) who were both a pleasure to work with.
How did it feel to be working alongside such an established cast?
The regular cast made me feel really comfortable and welcome which was great.
Would you ever consider a return to the series?
Have you ever been a viewer of the series yourself?
Yes. I have watched Neighbours on and off since I was very young. Mum used to try and monitor our television viewing, so I used to love going to my grandmas as she would always let me watch it.
Do you ever find yourself running into familiar faces from your Neighbours days, either through work or socially?
Sure. It’s a very small industry in Melbourne!
Having acted on other Australian drama series, such as Stingers and Blue Heelers, how did Neighbours compare?
I really noticed the fast turn around at Neighbours. They have to shoot five episodes a week compared to other dramas which might screen once a week, so there is a lot of time pressure.
Where has your acting career taken you since your Neighbours appearance?
I am currently working on a new interactive series called Girl Friday which you can download onto your computer, mobile phone or ipod which has been great. You can check out the first ep. at www.girlfriday.tv. I have also been working on some new Australian feature films due for release this year.
With Neighbours about to begin its 23rd season on Australian screens, what do you think is behind its huge success?
I really just think the audience relates to the characters. The formula works, and keeps working!
by Steve. Added on 10th March 2007