June 13, 2007
Soap to Star: Part 30384
It seems that everywhere you look these days there is another Aussie female soap star making it big overseas. We all know about the musical ones - There's been Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (of the Rogue Traders) who all started out on Neighbours. There was even Holly Valance for a while there, and Radha Mitchell had a stint on Neighbours too in 1994. From Home & Away we received Dannii Minogue (singer and now frequent television talent contest judge), occasional Heroes co-star Lisa Lackey (she plays Greg Grunberg's wife), plus prominant up-and-coming Hollywood gals Melissa George (The Amityville Horror) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers). And let's not forget that Oscar winner Naomi Watts* appeared on Home & Away briefly.
Even Rachael Carpani from McLeod's Daughters (probably the apex of absurd australian soap operas, which is mighty impressive) was in a pilot for a new American series called Law Dogs with Janeane Garofalo and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, but I don't think it was picked up for series.
Anyway. After all of those I guess it's no surprise that Rachael Taylor should be about to "explode" onto the international stage. However, it does surprise me. It surprises me because she used to be on the tragic HeadLand - an incredibly expensive soap that Channel 7 produced thinking it would be a huge hit. And then it premiered and it went nowhere fast before swiftly getting the axe.
So, yes, it was with surprise that I found out a few weeks ago that not only is this Rachael Taylor girl in the upcoming Michael Bay-directed July 4 sure-to-be blockbuster Transformers. She's not just one of the background character if IMDb is to be believed. Over on Transformer's main page she is credited fourth under Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel. She's credited above Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, Anthony Anderson and John Turturro. Pretty good work for a no-name who couldn't even win the Best New Talent Logie Award.
Apart from Transformers she has a part in the upcoming Hugh Jackman-Ewan McGregor thriller The Tourist as well as the lead in a horror film called Shutter. Is there enough room in Hollywood for her? We'll see. I hope she can prove me wrong, but I didn't exactly see "STAR MATERIAL" in, admittedly, the one episode of HeadLand that I watched (the first episode).
*Naomi Watts won the Oscar for Mulholland Drive. Don't you remember? Halle Berry lost and Naomi won on a write-in vote.
That was also the movie in which fellow Home & Away stars Melissa George and Lisa Lackey played rival actresses. Crazy, huh? I know David Lynch has said he deliberated cast soap opera actresses but did he intentionally cast three from the same one?