Natalie Blair (Neighbours' Carmella Cammeniti) Interview

Natalie Blair plays Rosie’s sister, Carmella Cammeniti.  As her character prepares to become a single mum, Natalie is relishing the chance to pretend she’s pregnant and eat for two.

“I keep begging the producers to put me in the pregnancy suit,” she laughs. “Then I can start letting myself go and eat as much food as I want!”
 
But expecting a child on her own is no laughing matter for Carmella.
 
“The father of her baby, Oliver Barnes, played by David Hoflin, has told her he doesn’t love her,” says Natalie. “It’s a typical case of unrequited love. Sadly she still has deep feelings for him.”
 
However, there’s more intrigue and excitement in store for Carmella - in the form of her business associate, Marco (Jesse Rosenfeld).
 
“At first, she tries to fight her feelings for him,” says Natalie. “She feels that she shouldn’t be interested in a man when she’s carrying someone else’s baby. But the chemistry between them is irresistible.”
 
Natalie says she felt destined to become an actress from an early age.
 
“There was this programme, Australia‘s Most Wanted, which featured re-enactments of crimes and an appeal to the public to help solve them” she recalls.

Natalie pleaded with her parents to find her an agent. “I was nine years old when they took me for an interview,” remembers Natalie. “The only trouble was, I suddenly turned very shy. The agency ended up asking to sign up my mum instead!”
 
The Brisbane-born actress’s confidence grew and in 2005, while still only making guest appearances on Neighbours, she won the Logie for Most Popular New Female Talent at the 47th Annual TV Week Logie Awards. After a year's absence from the soap, she returned in 2006 as a main cast member.
 
She was also nominated for a 2007 Gold Logie Award.
 
Her TV credits include: Hey Sista; The Lost World and Brothers In Arms.
She has also starred in the horror film, Voodoo Lagoon, directed by Nick Cohen, and When Darkness Falls.


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