Samara settles into a fine career
Samara Weaving's acting career has really taken off.
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From Adelaide and Singapore to Fiji and Indonesia, many would say Samara Weaving’s well-travelled childhood was unusual.
But as she took it all in her stride, she knew one day she would settle down in a career as an actor.
Samara Weaving, daughter of director Simon Weaving.
And despite the many places she has lived, the 20-year-old Home and Away actress rates Canberra among the best.
“I miss Canberra, it’s a great place to grow up in. I finished Year 12 in Canberra and I found it was the kind of place where people could go places.
“One of my best memories is with a really good group of people in the Canberra Youth Theatre. We did a play about the seven deadly sins and we had to dress up in costume and perform in Garema Place like the drama freaks we were. Great fun.”
Coming from a theatrical family, acting was an obvious career path for Samara. Her father Simon is an acclaimed director and artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival – hence her move to the city – while her uncle is Matrix star Hugo Weaving.
“When I started, they didn’t really give me too much advice. It was mainly all about living away from home and being able to survive on my own,” she said.
That big move came when she secured the role of Kirsten Mulroney on the BBC-commissioned soap Out of the Blue, a performance which caught the eye of the head honchos at the Seven Network.
The character of Indigo Walker on Home and Away was a perfect fit for the up-and-coming star, and it’s a role that has pleased and challenged Samara.
“You can’t ever get sick on a soap, we work really long hours, the show is on TV five nights a week, and it’s random and chaotic,” she said.
“It was very much luck that I became a full-time cast member. I was on a guest contract for a few weeks and the producers could have easily gone with another story line, but they went with ours and it’s been great.”
As for any rivalry with Neighbours, Samara is keen to play down the competition but believes the beachside location of Home and Away makes it a better drama.
“As a drama, it is very aesthetically pleasing. But Neighbours is still great. I will never bag any Aussie show; we have a great industry that is growing well and it’s a pleasure to work in.”
Samara wears: Soho/Momento Dezigns Magdalena Velevska Full Moon Dress $461.40 Zu Shoes, Canberra Centre Olivia Heels Taupe, From $50 DeVine Goddess, Gold cuff $98.00.