August 28th, 2008  |  Leave a comment

THE TAMMIN SURSOK INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Tam-Main.jpgBy Michael Fairman

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TV SOAP:

You made several of the top ten best-dressed lists at this year’s Daytime Emmys. How was that ‘Red Carpet’ experience for you?

TAMMIN:

The crazy thing was the dress was in fuchsia pink, and in some magazine and it was green! I thought they somehow morphed my dress into some old green dress. To clarify, I wore pink. It was designed by Marcasa. She is fantastic, and it was an honor to wear something by her.

TV SOAP:

Even though you lost in your category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, how was the night?

TAMMIN:

It was great! I had my parents there and it was actually low key. Normally, you get a little nervous before-hand but I had the people I love around me, and we had a really good time. I did not have a speech prepared. So, I was nervous right before they called my name. I thought in the moment I would say what I would need to say. Hopefully, I will have that chance another time.

TV SOAP:

Tam-emmy.jpgYou recently left “Y&R” for a short time to do a feature film. Tell us about it.

TAMMIN:

I did the film for three months, up in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s Nickelodeon’s version of “High School Musical”- all singing, all dancing, and sort of a cute story based on show choirs. Show choirs have a huge fan base in America, which I know nothing about, but it’s a huge phenomenon. The people do it when they are in high school, and everyone competes at the end of the year for money and trophies, and it’s a really big honor to be part of this thing called, ”Show Choirs”. The film is really based on what show choirs are, and how it affects people.

TV SOAP:

Is there story coming for Colleen?

TAMMIN:

I hope so. I am ready to mess things up a little bit and be a bad girl. I have a new relationship starting to kindle and hopefully that will go somewhere.

TV SOAP:

Is the whole Adrian/Colleen relationship fizzled and done with?

Col-Dan.jpgTAMMIN:

Well, for now, I think it is. The ex’s always comes back into your life, even if you don’t want them to. They are always there.

TV SOAP:

So with Daniel being the new love interest in Colleen’s life, what did you think when you first heard of the pairing?

TAMMIN:

It was quite a shock for me when I read it, and it opens doors to many different storylines.

TV SOAP:

So, you like getting the chance to play the bad girl?

TAMMIN:

I am so not a bad girl, in my real life, so I think it’s really cool as an actress to be able to play out so many different things that you can’t really do in a normal day. I would love to do some more catfights. Anything like that would be fantastic!

TV SOAP:

Now with Hogan Sheffer and Maria Arena Bell at the helm of the writing team at “Y&R”, have you noticed anything different in the scripts?

TAMMIN:

Not really. I think there is a lot of storylines going on at once. It used to be one storyline and then changing to another. You know, by having so many storylines it’s good, because it keeps the cast all working. We keep ourselves fresh by doing this everyday and being intertwined.

TV SOAP:

Are there some scenes of you as Colleen that you are most proud of?

TAMMIN;

When I got to break-up with Adrian I got to flex my acting muscles, and that was exciting. I had two weeks to really go there as an actress, and I hope there will be more of that.

TV SOAP:

Do you miss Australia?

TAMMIN:

Oh, it’s my home, and I will always be an “Aussie”. That’s where I want to have my children one day… and NO, I am not pregnant! I am not married, but that’s where I want to settle down. I miss my family and friends. I miss that you can actually swim on the beaches… no offense to LA, but the water is really warm in Sydney. I just had my first earthquake experience yesterday. It took me by surprise! At first, a friend of mine and I were giggling and we thought it was fun, and then it became quite scary, especially if you are in a building on the 9th floor. It is scary, especially if you have loved ones overseas who hear about it and are so far away from you. Australia has no natural disasters, really.

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TV SOAP:

Dan Goddard (Cane) said that you and he share an “Aussie” thing on the set. Can you elaborate from your perspective?

TAMMIN:

Sometimes you get backlash because I don’t have an American accent. I have an Australian accent. I choose to speak in an American accent when I am on-set, because for me, subconsciously then, I don’t have to think about it. For me, it’s really hard to play an American character with an Australian accent before the taping and then having an American accent when they yell, “Action”. I mean, some people are great at doing that, and for me it’s difficult. So, I try to do that while I am in the States, and when I go home all of my “aussie-ness” comes back.

TV SOAP:

What is some Aussie slang that can cause confusion over here in the States?

TAMMIN:

I got this email that “thongs” here are underwear, but in Australia it’s something you wear on your feet. So if I say “thongs” here, people think it’s rude. “Rubber” is a razor and “A Git” is an Idiot. “The boot of the car” is the trunk of the car. A duvet is a throw rug.

TV SOAP:

What about “Shrimp on the Barbi”?

TAMMIN:

We never say that! Shrimp are Prawns, but Prawns are huge like the size of a hand. We have the biggest seafood in the world. I miss barramundi. Actually, it’s a great fish! But “Shrimp on the Barbi” is grilling some shrimp on the barbecue, and no one says that. And, we don’t have kangaroos in our backyard, and Koalas are actually mean. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but eucalyptus plants make them high, and that’s why they are so docile. Afterwards, when they come off that, they can get aggressive.

TV SOAP:

Speaking of Koalas, what about flying Qantas? We hear it’s one of the best airlines in the world!

TAMMIN:

I love Qantas! I think their hospitality is fantastic, and when you are nervous flying sometimes you need that.

TV SOAP:

Have your parents caught you on “Y&R” back home in Australia?

TAMMIN:

They have seen me a couple of times, and they are thrilled. I obviously can’t watch myself very well, so I tell them not to watch, but they obviously do.

TV SOAP:

You have done so much at such a young age: music, acting, records, etc. Are there still things you want to do?

TAMMIN:

I think I am a bit of an overachiever and a perfectionist. I am very grateful of what I have achieved, but this is only the start of things, hopefully. There are so many things I want to do yet.

TV SOAP:

From your hit CD of a few years back, “Whatever Will Be”, is there a track that when you listen to it now is your favorite?

TAMMIN:

“Tender”! It’s the kind of music I wanted to come out with, and the type of music I still want to come out with, which is Alanis Morrisette, crossed with Tori Amos. I think lyrics are so important in songs, and they evoke so much emotion. I love listening to pop and R&B, but it’s not necessarily what I wanted to do, or ever wanted to do. But sometimes you have to sell records to get to do what you want to do. There is a long ways to go… and If I do music again, you have to know what you want and you have to have a hand in everything.

TV SOAP:

Have you been approached to do another CD?

TAMMIN:

I have been approached, and for some odd reason, music is following me, even if you try not to do it. Maybe it’s the path you are supposed to follow. I have been approached in the last couple of months to do another CD, so we will see. If you do it from the heart, the way I would want to do it, then I would love to do another CD. For me, I am going to be careful.

Tam-Eyall.jpgTV SOAP:

How is it working with Eyall Podell, “Y&R’s”, Professor Adrian Korbell?

TAMMIN:

He is very smart and we have a lot of fun together. We talk about the business a lot, which is great. I miss him. I hope he will be coming back soon.

TV SOAP:

What about working with Greg Rikaart (Kevin)? When we last talked it seemed like there might be an underlying budding romance between these two.

TAMMIN:

I thought I would subconsciously play that I was in love with him when we did our scenes, but we haven’t worked together in a while. In daytime, anything could change at any second. As long as you are playing something underlying in your scenes, it can go in many directions. With the new guy that Colleen has just been set up with, I have been playing underlying… that I liked him.

TV SOAP:

You character is best friend with Lily on-screen. How do you feel about Christel Khalil, who plays the role?

tam-michael-Chris.jpgTAMMIN:

I love her! The two of us got on from the day I started. She is kind and very professional. When you start in this business the first thing people need to know is professionalism. It is so important, and then they will always hire you.


TV SOAP:

Have you gotten a lot of fan mail from all across the world?

TAMMIN:

I didn’t for a while, and then I thought no one liked me! Then I got this huge bundle of letters that they were keeping upstairs at the studio. It was such a shock to be recognized by all different types of people. I try to get back to people with a response, because your fans are the ones who keep you on a job.

TV SOAP:

Being in show business and in soaps, how do you handle a compliment about your looks?

TAMMIN:

I have learned to say, “Thank you.” But, I was a chubby little girl with fuzzy hair who had my first boyfriend when I was 18… which in this day and age, is considered a late bloomer. I know everyone won’t believe it, but I have photos to prove it. So, I started eating well, and exercising, and taking care of myself and all of a sudden I got role in TV when I was 15. Looks fade, and in Los Angeles there is always this need to look so perfect. I just think that the flaws are what makes you beautiful, and I think it’s so important to have those. If someone tells me I am a good actress or intelligent, that to me is a far greater compliment.

Tamminpretty.jpgTV SOAP:

Do you think taking good care of one’s self is essential to success?

TAMMIN:

To be a woman and to take care of yourself is good, but to have Botox and to have surgeries because you think that’s what people want, that’s when it starts to affect your soul.

TV SOAP:

In closing, what can we tell your fans to look forward to from Colleen in the months ahead?

TAMMIN:

Stirring up Genoa City a bit more… and having a hot love affair and love connection!

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