Splitting her time between Sydney and Melbourne – where she's been filming Neighbours for the past two years – Paul's ambassador Jodi Anasta admits time away from her four-year-old daughter Aleeia can be difficult.
"I'm really lucky, actually, because Aleeia understands the process of what I do," the 33-year-old explains.
"Every Monday, when I drop her off, she says, 'Mummy, I'll see you on Friday when you come back from Melbourne.' She makes it easy for me."
What's your favourite thing to do with your daughter when you're together?
JODIE: The other week we went trampolining and it was so much fun. Oh my God, it's like you release your inner child. So we enjoyed doing that, and we also went ice-skating last week. I try to find one or two big activities for us to do over the weekend.
Do you think Aleeia might follow in your footsteps, career-wise?
JODIE: She loves sport and she loves performing. But at the same time she's really shy. I'm going to encourage her to do whatever she feels she's great at and whatever she wants to learn.
What's the hardest part about being a mum for you?
JODIE: I think it's just making sure that I give her all the tools she needs to get through life. I put a lot of pressure on myself to ensure I give her a warm environment to come home to with lots of love. I've taught her the power of being a woman and to respect and be kind to others.
And the best part?
JODIE: Probably the way she cuddles me. It always gets me the way she looks at me and says "Mummy, I love you". Those moments, especially when I've been away for four days, coming home to my loving little girl… it's everything.
How's Neighbours doing?
JODIE: It's great and I love the people that I work with, we always have a lot of fun. We've got the new addition of Bonnie Anderson, who plays my sister. She's been on for a few months now and has brought this whole new life to Neighbours. She's just a beautiful girl. She's got a beautiful heart, so I'm loving working with her.
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