Saturday, May 2, 2009

Holly Valance "Kiss Kiss Babe"

Holly's first single, "Kiss Kiss," was an instant smash in the UK and Australia. For now, though, she is best known for playing the feisty Felicity Scully on the long-running Australian soap.
Holly is not your typical 19-year-old. One minute she's soft and demure, the next she's a tantalizing vixen. You never know what you're going to get, and that may be too intimidating for us. Especially since, given her young age, she seems a little innocent to be letting our jaws drop to the floor. Hey, she isn't even legal in the U.S. yet. So we'll just wait until she turns 21 and is fully developed, and then we'll dream about actually having a shot with her.

Holly Valance was born in New Zealand on May 11, 1983, and moved to Brighton, Australia when she was still a youngster। Holly never gave the entertainment industry much thought, but her mother, Rachel -- one of Australia's top models (incidentally Holly's father Ryko is also a model) -- encouraged her to pursue it. And so, using her mom's booking and agent connections, Holly soon found herself posing for Kmart catalogues and strutting down runways in lingerie at the tender age of 14.

In 1999, then 17-year-old Holly got her first big break। Her agent heard about a casting call going out for a role on the long-running Australian soap opera, Neighbours। Thinking that Valance would be perfect for the part, he sent her for the audition and after several callbacks, Valance got the part of Felicity "Flick" Scully। Along with the role came a huge sacrifice; unable to handle both work and her studies, Valance decided to drop out of school while in grade 11. And although she admittedly regrets not getting her diploma, this gutsy move paved the way for a successful acting career. Valance and her character became an instant fan favorite and remained so for the next three years. But while a steady job on a hit soap was great, she opted not to renew her contract in 2002. Instead, she set her sights on a singing career, something she had been practicing for since she was 13.

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