Fish may swim from Home and Away
Rhiannon Fish, far right, with the cast of Home and Away.
Home and Away starlet Rhiannon Fish is considering exchanging the show's Summer Bay for Hollywood.
Fish, who has been in Australia since she was a toddler but speaks with a distinct Canadian accent, said her contract with the Seven Network soapie is about to expire.
She said she is torn between pursuing an acting career in the US and re-signing with Home and Away.
Home and Away actor, Rhiannon Fish. Photo: Marco Del Grande
"I am coming close to the end of my contract with Home and Away so it's in discussion if I want to stay or go although, I am very, very happy to stay," Fish said.
"I want to stay but I also don't want to look back and say what could have been.
"I want to see what is out there."
Fish has the distinction of working on two long-running Australian soapies.
She started her career as Lisa Jeffries on Neighbours in 2003 and departed the Network Ten series in 2006.
Four years later she was cast as April Scott on Home and Away.
Fish hopes having both soapies on her list of credits will stand her in good stead when she finally does make the bold decision to try her luck in Hollywood.
The list of Aussies who have appeared in either Neighbours or Home and Away and made it in Hollywood is endless.
They have paved a path of respect Fish hopes to walk upon.
"I hope it's going to be an advantage (having worked on Neighbours and Home and Away)," Fish said.
"I think it's been a privilege to be a part of those and a lot of ex-Home and Away and Neighbours actors have done well.
"I hope going over there and meeting a casting director and saying I've been on Home and Away that they'll think, 'this is something to look at'.
"It's certainly not a bad thing."
Even though Fish has lived in Australia for 18 of her 21 years, she never picked up an Aussie twang.
It meant she had to work hard at perfecting a local accent before gaining work as an actor in Australia.
"I put a lot of time into it because when I joined an agency and they said learn an Australian accent or you are out," she said.
"I went to a vocal coach twice a week when I was in high school."
However, if and when she heads to the US, she hopes the crossover from a Canadian accent to an American is seamless.
Her first mission is a reconnaissance trip to the US sometime this year, to lay some groundwork with contacts ahead of the 2014 pilot season which starts next January.
"I just want to go over and meet people and try and get out there a little bit first," Fish said.
"Obviously being Canadian it's easier to get a working visa over there, I believe, and it's something I am going to suss out now."
"Having a Canadian accent will make it easier to learn the American one when I get there."