Melissa George has a point
When Angel Brooks arrived in Summer Bay with plaits in her hair and a white lace dress I was still in high school. That was a long time ago.
When after losing her husband Shane and hooking up with a bloke called Simon Angel headed off to London to live happily ever after it was still 1996. 1996! It’s a common phenomenon that many of us think the 90s were just last week, but 1996 was in fact 16 years ago.
Melissa George’s spoiled, undignified, outburst on the set of the Morning Show has made her look like an incredibly pretentious, ungrateful, croissant scoffing wanker.
Just for the fun of it, here again is what she reportedly said after the Morning Show referred to the role that made her a household name:
I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more. I’d rather be having a croissant and an espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City.
I’ve never spoken out about it because I have to be the loyal good Aussie, who goes away and comes home.
But I’m a really hard-working woman and people have to respect me for what I’ve done ... my next call will be to Home And Away to ask them to pay me because nobody does more promotion for that f ... ing show than me.
Someone needs to explain to George that you don’t get respect by rudely demanding it.
But she has put a spotlight on a particularly strong Australian tendency to demand gratitude from the people who have gone on to international success. It’s as if Nicole Kidman’s career was only possible because of her role in BMX Bandits, or that it’s ok to refer to a woman who has sold 68 million records and has an OBE as “the singing budgie”.
Kidman and Kylie Minogue, however, know how this game is played.
You come home every couple of years, gush about how much you love Australia, pretend you’re the only woman not remotely ashamed of the hairstyle you had when you were 16, and do something like eat a meat pie or get photographed stocking up on Tim Tams. Then you’re free to jet off back to your real, much more glamorous, life abroad unmolested by outraged Aussies yelling you’ve gotten too big for your boots.
George clearly has no understanding that even if she wins an Oscar, or marries a billionaire, she’ll still be required to acknowledge it all started with Home and Away and for that should be bloody thankful.
Just think if your career and life were defined by what you did when you were a teenager. It’s not a game most of us would want to play.
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