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Now Ramsay Street’s star wants to follow in Kylie’s footsteps
If you happen to be at Emily Milburn’s home, chances are you’ll hear Kylie Minogue’s latest offering Impossible Princess booming from the CD player. For Emily, who stars as Caitlin on Neighbours, considers herself the diminutive superstar’s No 1 fan.
“I think she is just fantastic. She is so talented,” Emily says. “I have admired her since I was really young, and it’s something I just can’t get rid of. It’s like she is always with me.”
Emily’s fascination with Kylie may stem from the fact that she sees many similarities between herself and the former Charlene Robinson. Both got their first major acting roles on Neighbours after smaller parts on other shows, and both were subjected to the trappings of soap stardom at a young age.
“Reading her biography was just so interesting for me because I can see many similarities between the beginning of her career and the beginning of mine. I can really relate to what she went through while she was on Neighbours.”
And Emily cites Kylie as an example of how to cope with instant fame. “The pressure she had to endure at such a young age was amazing. It’s good to read how she coped with it. I guess you could say that I would like to model myself on her.”
And Emily is well aware that, like Kylie, people do tend to associate actors with their past tv roles. “Even now when I read articles about Kylie, somewhere she’s referred to as an ‘ex-soapie star’ or ‘ex-Neighbours star’ and it’s taken her 10 years to get past that.”
But Emily has no worries about being typecast just yet. She’s just finished up her sting on Neighbours and is looking forward to “doing a bit of theatre” or maybe finishing high school.
But unlike her idol, Emily has no plans to enter the recording studio just yet. “I enjoy singing, and I think as an actor you need to have as broad a range as possible, but still… I’m not Kylie!”
This article originally appeared in TV Soap magazine dated May 1998 and was written by Tiffany Bakker