> Sasha Close
Close was the second of three actresses to play the part of
Lucy Robinson, taking over the role from Kylie Flinker in
1987, at the age of fourteen. In this exclusive interview,
Sasha reflects on her time on the show playing a major character
from the early years, and tells of her enjoyment of being
part of the cast when the show was at its peak of popularity.
Nowadays, Sasha still remains passionate about the acting
industry but currently enjoys working ‘behind the scenes’
with a cinema chain based in Melbourne. Recently married,
Sasha also kindly shares with us some recent pictures from
you give us some information on what you’ve been up to since
leaving Neighbours, some 14 years ago now, I have completed
my secondary education and also completed a University degree.
During these years I also starred in several TV series, did
two TV commercials and performed in several plays. In 1998,
I started working for a film distribution company and so began
my career 'behind the scenes'. I now work for a cinema chain,
in programming and marketing. Whilst I love acting, I find
my current job extremely fulfilling. It is still in the film
and TV industry – just not in front of the camera. And about
one month ago I got married – married life is going well.
you tell us how the change from the original actress who played
Lucy, Kylie Flinker, come about?
It is difficult to recall all the specific details, however
I do remember that Kylie Flinker wanted to concentrate on
her schooling. So the producers set about auditioning girls
between the ages of 12-14 for the role of Lucy Robinson. I
was very fortunate and landed the role.
you ever watch the show before you joined?
I did watch the show before joining it, and was very excited
when I was offered the opportunity to be on it.
you nervous about joining the show, knowing it was a time
when its popularity was at its peak, and with Lucy being a
major character in the show?
was extremely nervous about joining the show. However after
meeting the cast and being familiar with the filming process,
my nerves eased somewhat. I still remember forgetting one
of my lines during filming in the first week – the director
and Anne Haddy were so nice and made me feel very much at
ease. After that day, I was paranoid about learning my lines
Lucy left the show to attend boarding school, you continued
to return to the show from time to time - was it your decision
to appear intermittently like this?
The decision to return intermittently was partly my decision
and partly that of the producers. I was very happy to return
to the show and also be able to attend school more regularly
when I wasn’t filming.
you have any specific memories of being on set?
I have extremely happy memories of being on set. As you mentioned
in one of the previous questions, the show was at its peak
of popularity. This meant that everyone was enjoying being
part of the success. At times, some of us couldn’t believe
how well the show was rating. All the cast were very friendly
and I will always consider myself fortunate to be part of
such a great group of people.
of all the other actors on the show, who did you enjoy working
with the most?
Haddy was such a delight and a very wonderful woman. I also
have great memories of working with Kylie and Jason. Craig
McLachlan also made working a lot of fun. He was constantly
returned to the show again in 1991 with a third actress in
the role. Would you have liked to reprise the role yourself?
In 1991, I was finishing my final year of High school; so
returning to the show wasn’t really an option. Perhaps if
it had been any other year than my final year of High school,
I would have returned to the show.
you still watch the show today? and are you still being recognised
I actually don’t watch the show on a regular basis anymore
(ie night by night). I have been known to turn it on occasionally
And would you believe, I am still recognised. Which is very
flattering considering it was so long ago.
been part of one of the most popular and significant episodes
in the show's history - the wedding of Scott and Charlene
- can you tell us a little about your memories of filming
that special episode?
I recall filming in the church & on location. It was a
very cold day – just at the start of winter. We were all freezing
and had to put on jackets in between takes. Everyone was really
excited on that day though – we had a feeling that we were
part of something special!
by Barry. Added on 13th December 2003