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p 1 of 18 | Last update: Friday 8th August
Interviews
We gave you a chance to grill the stars
Jan Russ - Casting Director
Hello, and welcome to tonight's Live Chat with Neighbours Casting Director Jan Russ. She cast Kylie, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe...
Question-from
Tiffany, New Zealand: what do you look for in a person at auditions?
Jan Russ
Obviously there's got to be a talent but there also needs to be energy coming through and a very special quality - a chemistry. If I knew what it was ... it's a love affair between the actor and the camera.
Jan Russ
If I could bottle it, I'd sell it!
Question-from
Lou79 You cast Connor in neighbours and he is irish. How do you decide to cast non australian people and how do they get work?
Jan Russ
When he first auditioned he did it in an Australian accent and then spoke in an Irish accent.
Jan Russ
He did the best Australian accent I'd ever heard but we decided to put him in with an Irish accent.
Question-from
Imalaura What does it take to become an actress? where do you start? apart from having an obvious talent in drama!
Jan Russ
I guess it's the people you meet and going into local theatre, if you love to act that's the main thing. You really have to love the art.
Jan Russ
Even the actors who say I've just been discovered, most of them have done something, even if it was plays at school.


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