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During Caitlin Atkins' various attempts to make trouble in Ramsay Street, there was one person who stood by her - best friend, and fellow swim team member, Mandi Rogers. Here, actress Sabina Lokic, who played the recurring role of Mandi between 1997 and 1998, chats to us about her time in Ramsay Street...

Had you done much acting before joining Neighbours in 1997?
I had done a couple of small roles on commercials and I had been in a lot of theatre productions before my role on Neighbours.

How did your role as Mandi Rogers come about? Was it just a typical audition?
Well my agent put me forward for the role. Then I was flown to Melbourne a couple of times for auditions, I was living in another state in Australia at that time. The audition was actually quite funny because I had to kiss Jesse Spencer [Billy].

Were you aware at the beginning that Mandi would be a recurring role and you’d be coming and going for quite a few months?
Yes. I was actually moved to Melbourne for the role.

Did you enjoy playing Mandi? How would you describe her?
I had a great time on Neighbours. She was fun to play, she was very motivated and really wanted to be a successful swimmer.

Mandi was almost fostered by Madge and Harold at one point – was there ever any discussion about making her a regular character?
I only had a guest role, but at one time there was talk of that.

You appeared in the 1997 season finale, which included a location shoot in Sydney. What was that like to film?
It was great, we went to Sydney together and hung out and cruised around on a boat along Sydney Harbour.

Was there anyone you particularly enjoyed working with during your time as Mandi?
Yes, I really enjoyed working with Emily Milburn [Caitlin].

Would you ever consider a return to Neighbours?

Have you ever been a Neighbours viewer yourself?
I sometimes catch it when I am in the UK.

Are you still in touch with anyone from your time in Neighbours?
Actually after Neighbours: The Perfect Blend contacted me I got in touch with my fellow cast mate Emily Milburn!

What are you up to these days?
A lot of different things. A the moment I am working for an airline in the Middle East, which has allowed me to travel the world and see some amazing places. I plan to move to the States within a year or so and go back to acting. So I'll keep you posted...

To read a character biography of Mandi Rogers, click here...

Interview by Steve. Added on 5th May 2007