Caitlin Stasey (Neighbours' Rachel Kinski) Interview

Caitlin Stasey was only 15 when she was offered the part of Rachel Kinski, the middle child of the troubled Kinski clan.

“I was either very lucky or very good,’ says Caitlin. ‘But it’s been a fantastic experience for me.”

Two and a half years down the line, she has proved how adept she is at portraying storylines that have ranged from parental bereavement to first love.

“She has another big story coming up,” says Caitlin. “This time Rachel falls for a much older man which leads to trouble…”

Caitlin, whose father is Australian and mother is English, spent most of her youth growing up at her maternal grandparents’ home in Norwich. “We were big Neighbours fans and would watch it three times a day,’ he says. ‘I remember falling in love with Drew!”

She performed in school plays and amateur productions from an early age.
“Ever since I was little I was a drama queen with loads of energy, who liked being the centre of attention,” she says. “Channelling it into acting seemed like the right thing for me from an early age.”

She was only ten years old when she travelled the world with the Australian Girls’ Choir and sang ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, for a Qantas TV commercial. It was later named ‘The Greatest Australian Commercial’ in a countdown show.

Caitlin’s acting career breakthrough came three years later when she was cast in the children’s TV series, The Sleepover Club. She played Frankie Thomas, the bossy but loyal leader of the club. The series, which was a big success, followed the adventures of a group of pre-teen friends, one of whom was played by Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Caitlin’s future Neighbours co-star.

She made a brief return as Frankie in the second series of The Sleepover Club in 2006. She also appeared in the Channel 10 special Australia's Brainiest Neighbour, finishing second.

Caitlin was nominated for 'Fave TV Star' in the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2007.

Neighbours makes its debut on Five on Monday 11th February 2008 in its traditional slots of 1.45pm and 5.30pm every weekday.