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Q&A with Jodi Gordon

Do you have to keep to a healthy lifestyle to be in Home and Away – to look good and to be fit for the early morning starts?

Jodi: Whether I was on Home and Away or not I would still like to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. It makes life easier when you feel healthy and you’re exercising. Getting lots of sleep and drinking lots of water is great as well.

Q. When you want to chill out – what’s your favourite past time - do you prefer to be alone – or to be in a crowd?

Jodi: My favourite past time would definitely be hanging out with my two best friends, my BF and of course all my family. I love going out to dinner, having BBQs and I could never turn down a day of shopping with the girls!

Q. Are you a Karaoke Queen? Are you the type to go up and sing on a mike – and embarrass your friends?

Jodi: Funny you asking me this question because three weeks ago a group of friends and I went to this Karaoke bar! It was so hilarious! I was definitely up there, singing my heart away! Ha ha.

Q. Do you have to wear fake tan to always look good, summer and winter on Home and Away.

Jodi: My father is from New Zealand and he is very dark. So it’s in my genes to go quite brown if I spend any time in the sun; but I do need a bit of help during winter (spray tan).

Q. Does Home and Away have a winter season – do you ever have to put on a jumper or cardie?

Jodi: No, not really. Summer Bay is never cold! Ha ha. Because we’re always dressed in summer clothes, doing scenes on the beach in winter gets a little chilly.

Q. Do you approve of guys having colour streaks in their hair?

Or guys wearing jewellery, such as necklets and wrist bands?

Jodi: Why not? Every guy has a different style and hair cut. On some guys it looks great and on others it may not, depending on their personality.

Q. Do you have a cool ring tone on your mobile and what is it?

Do you think it’s a clue to your personality?

Jodi: I hope not!! Mine is that crazy frog one! I know my BF hates it and so does my family and friends! They all get very embarrassed when it goes off in a quiet shop or simply walking down the street.

Q. Are you into text messaging your friends when the moment grabs you? Have you become a speed writer through texting?

Jodi: Yeah texts are more fun! I’ll call someone if it’s really important, otherwise texting is my preference.

Q. Is Robbie (Jason Smith) really as pleasant a guy as he appears – and is there any chemistry really between him and Tash (Isabel Lucas)?

Jodi: Jason is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He’s great! Of course there is chemistry between Robbie and Tash but only on screen. They’re great mates off screen too!

Q. Have there been any continuity ‘stuff-ups’ on the set – (such as drinking from a glass and next thing it’s full again) and have the fans picked up on it?

Jodi: If there have been I’ve never noticed them! On set it’s all very organised so I don’t think there are ever any.

Q. In the acting world what celeb do you most admire and why?

Jodi: Scarlett Johansson. I love the way she acts and I’ve read some interviews she’s been in and she just seems really interesting and cool!

Q. Do you like the Summer Bay range of clothes? Do any of Home and Away actors wear Ugg boots when filming?

Jodi: The range is getting better and better. It’s growing and the designers are getting funkier! Heaps of us wear Uggies! We love ‘em.

Q. When you’re feeling a bit ‘blue’, do you show your feelings or are you able to put on a brave face when you’re filming?

Jodi: When you’re filming you’re not really thinking about anything but what your storyline is and what your character is going through.

Q. Are you able to take criticism – or does it cut you up?

Jodi: With this job, there are always people who are going to criticise you or like you. You have to take the good with the bad.

Q. Do you take good care of your skin and always protect it from the sun?

Is everyone in Home and Away ‘skin cancer aware’?

Jodi: Yeah, I try hard to take care of my skin. Everyone on the show is very aware of the damage the sun can do.

Q. If you threw a party, who would be 10 people you would invite – friends from the series – or from your old group of friends and family:

Jodi: Leash, Lany, Bree, Big T, Chris, Ben, Issie, Sharni, Indie, and Mark. And family, but I think I’d want to invite more! Heh heh.

Q. If you threw a theme party, what would it be?

Jodi: Maybe a 1920s or 1940s party. Going back in time would be a real laugh and lots of fun!

Q. What is a dream you have for yourself in the future?

Jodi: My dream is to just give 120% in whatever it is I may be doing. It’s also to love and care for all my family and friends. Love and make them happy as well as be happy myself!

We meet the sunny Sharni at the Channel 7 studios in Epping and we are immediately won over with her bright and breezy nature.

The thing you notice about Sharni is her bright smile – her face lights up! Why is it that as Cassie we don’t seem to see that smile so much?

"I know, I don’t get to smile so much recently,” says Sharni. "When I first started on Home and Away, my character Cassie was a mischievous kid and always laughing. I loved that character, but as the character developed, there was a lot of serious stuff happening."

"I think when the directors see that you can cry on cue they keep making dramatic scenes for you!" Sharni laughs. "My grandfather is very disappointed I don’t smile so much on Home and Away as he paid for my braces and would like me to show my teeth more!!"

Sharni’s biological father lives in Canada and she has only met him twice. "I was brought up by my single mother and my grandparents. My grandmother passed away when I was about 14. I’ve lived with my mother and my grandfather all my life."

"My grandfather has been my mentor, raising and supporting me. He’s like a father to me, he’s 75 now. We call him ‘the Wizard’. He still flies planes and helicopters and is always doing adventurous things. He’s taught himself so much. From tinkering around with cars and then to tinkering with planes. He’s taught himself to fly…he recently flew to Japan to pick up a plane and flew it back."

"My grandfather always gave me a good sense of what it means to work. He always inspired me and supported me to go out and do what I wanted myself (which was to be in the performing arts) and not for a second to rely on the fact that my family was wealthy."

"My Nan was a ballerina and my mother was in musicals, so performing is in my blood!I did ballet for 10 years and my teacher wanted to take me to England when I was twelve. But to be a ballerina wasn‘t my real passion. I was a swimmer and would have loved to go to the Olympics more than anything." Sharni says.

"Actually when I was growing up, my grandfather always taught me to be competent and capable so when I learnt to drive at age 17 it had to be a manual car, not an automatic, just so I’d know how to drive both. I could jet-ski at the age of four, and he made sure I got my boat and jet-ski licences as soon as I was old enough. To get my pilot licence is next on the list – and my dream is to fly from Bankstown Airport with my friends for the weekend to our property at Ulladulla – a 40-minute ride!"

Are boyfriends a little intimidated by you? "No!" laughs Sharni. "I think you can always inspire each other in so many little ways. My ex-boyfriend (we’re still very good friends) is a great cook and he taught me a lot about cooking and the presentation of food, etc. I inspired him to get a boat licence and I also inspired him to eat healthily – he had a few bad eating habits, but now he’s really conscious about eating good food."

"My advice to kids who want to act? I’ll suggest what my mum suggested to me. She was in the musical theatre industry and she knew I wanted to be in the performing arts as well, but she always stressed on me to finish schooling to the HSC."

"Even though I was quite smart at school, I was always asking why, why did I have to study to the HSC if I was going into the performing arts. Why? My mum was adamant that I had to finish school and my elementary ballet too, in case I had to teach one day. She always said you’ve got to have a back-up plan in case things don’t work out and to have a skill of some sort."

Sharni says, "You can do acting courses whilst still at school and my advice to kids is to keep going to school while doing your acting as well. I was doing an acting course on the weekends and you can still go for auditions."