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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 July 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019 13 ENTERTAINMENT Showbiz news Athina Rachel Tsangari Olympia Valance with her fellow Ambassadors for Multiculturalism Darcy Vescio, Larry Kestelman and Karen Martini. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Warmth, love, huge feasts of comfort food and a buzz of people is how I would best describe growing up in a Greek household. My fondest memories are a direct result of my mum’s celebration of our heritage. “ manage everything? Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Every week is different, and some are harder than others. At the moment I'm staring down the barrel of a massive few weeks as I'm currently scheduled to be in nearly every scene, which means 6 am call times, and sometimes we don't wrap until 1 or 2 in the morning. Sleep is sometimes out of my control, so weekends become crucial to fill my cup back up. Eating well, exercising when I can and not being too hard on myself are all pretty key to keeping myself feeling in control and on top of everything. I think acceptance is also important – accept it's going to be a bit of a tough, exhausting week, and know that it will pass. The overriding feeling is always gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. I still wake up every day not really believing that I'm lucky enough to do what I love day in and day out, and on a show that is as fantastic as this. It can be demanding and it can be overwhelming, but there's no place I'd rather be! As one of the most loved young TV stars in Australia – coming from a mixed background yourself, do you feel there is enough ethnic representation and diversity in Australian TV? I am of Serbian and Greek descent, my father is from Serbia and my mother is Greek Australian. Growing up in Melbourne and being constantly surrounded by people with different backgrounds allowed me to showcase unique and diverse perspectives on screen.When I watch TV, I want to relate and resonate in some way with the people I'm watching or listening to. Entertainment is such an important platform because the audience is so large, and you have kids watching a range of different cultures, viewing these people acting and feeling like they belong. Seeing is believing, so when you watch TV you feel like you belong when there's people that you can resonate with. Australia is privy to some of the best art, musical and entertainment experiences on offer. We are fortunate that embedded within different cities in this state, and in this country, that our screens end up drawing on a wide range of cultures and reflecting different ethnicities. Victoria is already one of the most multicultural places in the world and I think we are doing a great job at welcoming and incorporating diversity into Australia's entertainment industry and the day to day, however, there's always more that can be done. Ideally, where do you see yourself five years from now? What are your goals for the future? I have always tried to trust the timing of my life and lean into whatever is thrown my way, so thinking five years into the future is not something that comes all that naturally to me! I love to look forward to things and picture how they may turn out, but I think getting too attached to a life you create in your mind can sometimes mean you end up missing out on what is actually meant for you and what you're being gifted with in the here and now. My main goal in life is to be happy, in whatever form that takes. I always want to say yes to life, yes to adventures, yes to love and yes to spontaneity. So, wherever those goals take me in the future is where I will be! If you had one message to share with our audience, what would it be? I want to inspire Victorians, and all Australians, to celebrate what we share, rather than what our differences are. Trigonometry Athina Rachel Tsangari has an exciting new project coming up, this time turning her attention to the small screen. The award-winning Greek film director has signed up to direct BBC TV series, 'Trigonometry'. Written by Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods and produced by House Productions for BBC Two, the eight-part series is a comedy-drama about a couple who, in a bid to ease their financial burden, invite a third person to live with them in their small flat. "Trigonometry is about negotiating new relationships with compassion and humour. Set in a city that can feel cold and unfriendly, at a time when we're more divided than ever, this is a show about love," Macmillan and Woods said. Tsangari will direct the first five episodes. "'Trigonometry' is a rare, invigorating script and it's been a pleasure delving into its unruly humanity with Duncan and Effie, Tessa and Juliette and their fantastic team merging television with cinema, drama with screwball comedy," said Tsangari. The Athens-born director is best known for writing and directing 'Attenberg' (2010) and ‘Chevalier’ (2015), co-written with Efthymis Filippou. "[Athina] brings with her a unique cinematic vision which we believe will marry brilliantly with Duncan and Effie's bold and original scripts," Ross and Howell told Screen. Australia's Got Talent Australian audiences are in for a real treat when Paul Kapeleris, 22, performs on the premiere episode of Australia's Got Talent next Sunday, 28 July, at 7pm on Channel 7. Paul was born with severe vision impairment, however this did not stop him from discovering music. He started playing the piano when he was aged four, and discovered that he could sing. As his eyesight deteriorated, his love and passion for music flourished. With only five per cent of his vision, Paul is legally blind but he has not let this define him. Studying music full time, Paul draws strength from it and it often helps him escape difficult aspects of his life. The Masked Singer Australia Lindsay Lohan is heading down under to be part of the panel on the Masked Singer Australia along with panelist Danii Minogue, Jackie O and Dave Hughes, in a spin-off of the American series. The show is based on a South Korean format where 12 celebrities take to the stage in a singing competition. Lindsay is an icon of 2000s pop culture, having acted in 'Mean Girls', 'The Parent Trap' and 'Freaky Friday'. She loves the island of Mykonos and recently starred in 'Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club', her own MTV reality show based on her nightclub business ventures in Greece.
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