Fresh from the set of Neighbours, setting herself up in LA, Olympia Valance was happily adjusting to her new American life. That is, until the 25-year-old got the call about brand-new show Playing for Keeps, as she exclusively reveals to OK!...
The brunette beauty jumped on a plane back home and is now filming what she thinks will be "the next big show in Australia."
The new Channel 10 drama follows a group of AFL WAGS, with Olympia starring as Tahlia – a socialite engaged to an AFL captain, played by Home and Away alum Jackson Gallagher.
Here, she tells OK! all about her new gig…
It's a very fascinating world and we are really digging deep into behind-the-scenes, which is really fun! I've been living in LA, and I was sent the script and I was like "OMG, I have to play this character – it was meant for me!"
So when I auditioned, I just gave it my all. It's witty, funny and revolves around five females and delves into all of their relationships. It's nice to be on a show that revolves around inspirational women, written by women for women – but guys will love it, too.
I finished Neighbours late last year and was going to take a year off because I had been on Neighbours for just over four years; a big stint. So I said, "I'm going to take a year off and go set up in LA to see if I even like it, and see if I want to live there."
I wasn't even auditioning much, I was just living. It was nice having so much time during the day to just go for a walk; I hadn't had that for so many years. But when this job came along, I was like, "S--t, I have got to do this!" I will go straight back after we finish filming.
I'm just going with the flow at the moment. When you're fully relaxed, you're not worrying about the next step – everything comes to you.
Tahlia's built an empire in her own right. She is a model and an entrepreneur – she has fragrance lines! But she's also a social climber.
In the beginning, we see more of a stereotype and then we delve deeper. I was out with Jonathan Brown [former Brisbane Lions player] and Kylie Brown last night, and I was like, "OMG, I am literally playing you, Kylie!" And they are gorgeous, I love them.
We worked together a couple of years ago and got along so well! When I got the job it was a secret and he obviously got the job as well, but couldn't say anything. We were talking online and I thought, "This is weird, I haven't spoken to you in two years!" Then I worked it all out. I love him!
No comment! [Laughs]
I actually haven't dated a football player. I've got a lot of footy friends, though. I've always been in long-term relationships, so this is the first time I've been a free lady for a while. I'm constantly travelling, so it makes it hard to properly settle down. I'm heavily focused on work right now.
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