I used to work in the music industry once upon a time, and one question I’d always want to ask a well known band or musician, albeit never did was “don’t you get sick to death of singing the same songs night after night?”

I can’t even watch the same movie more than once without being bored senseless but then no one’s screaming my name to do so, and no one’s paying a couple of hundred bucks to see me watch it again either.

Someone else that appears to not enjoy doing something over and over again is actress Melissa George.  I don’t know why but it amused me no end last week when I heard she’d mouthed off about having a gutful of being made to re-live her early acting days in Channel Seven’s Home & Away.

Appearing on her old network Channel Seven as the Morning Show set up who she was prior to interview, including the fact she used to be on one of their shows, Melissa apparently felt a dramatic dose of offense as she bitched to UK journalist later  ”right behind my head was pictures of Angel and on the montage they called me ‘Home And Away actress Melissa George.”

For the record, there was about 5 seconds worth of mentions as such and the rest used to talk up her Hollywood success.

Alas, she went on “now, it’s because it’s Channel Seven, so my next call will be to Home And Away to ask them to pay me because nobody does more promotion for that f***ing show than me.”

“I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more. I’d rather be having a croissant and a little espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City.” she said.

And while her agent should have been stuffing a croissant in her mouth, she continued with, “I’ve got to be honest. I’m not going to be a good Aussie any more. I’m going to speak out. I’ve just had it.”

I’m presuming an offer to spend Christmas day throwing a couple of prawns on the barbie and knocking a few tinnies back isn’t going to please her and the French bulldog either?

Now I could probably cut her some slack if I believed that every time she does an interview outside of Australia that someone was throwing her a “do you miss the Diner?” Or “does Alf Stewart really say ‘stone the flamin crows’ in real life?” but it’s a tiny bit unlikely anyone, certainly not in the States gives a flying baguette about what’s going on back in Summer Bay.  So why so niggly and Parisian all of a sudden?

Most actors I’ve met have enormous egos but they hide them very well.  Last week Melissa failed the one thing she has no excuses to fail.  Knowing how to fake it.  She might be wanting to roll her eyes back into her skull Linda Blair style over the Home and Away interview reference, but surely if she’s as good an actress as clearly she thinks she is, she should have smiled and said “oh wow, have a look at me then!” Feign mild embarrassment, and wrapped up with a “gosh it seems like such a long time ago now.”

I once had the opportunity to interview Chris Noth in New York who played Mr Big in Sex In The City.  His people tried to tell me that he was happy to do the interview with me but wasn’t very keen on talking about Sex In The City.

Apparently he was sick to death of talking about it which I could understand, but the problem is, when you’ve reaped the benefits of being on a hit anything, unfortunately the rest of still remember.

And don’t forget, that early show set you up to fake the stuff you really enjoy now.



  1. Melissa George totally overreacted and as you say should be appreciating where she got her start that enabled her to work overseas and change her Aussie accent to something ‘not quite sure’ but very affected and ‘far away from home’. Lighten up or don’t come back to Australia to use us to promote whatever it is you are doing. I have a French husband, house in France and Australia and a Bichon Frisse chien, but I certainly do not carry on in either country with a fake accent or attitude as it would simply not be appreciated. Many French people mistake my accent when I speak in French as being english but once they know I am Australian I am far more welcome particularly in Paris, so Melissa you would be far more welcome anywhere sans attitude.

    • Jill the thing that amuses me so much, is the sheer fact that clearly by reeling off all her preferred French activities, she was trying to set herself apart from being an ignorant boring Australian but in turn made herself the type of joke of a person that Kath and Kim would find amusement in mocking. And yes, how about don’t come back here and promote things that you are making money from. If you’re not interested, then we certainly aren’t interested in you.

  2. Dave Falzon Last i checked her acting needs a bit of work….. Her latest show is already canceled overseas and she leaves alot to be desired in her general manner when appearing on a talk show to promote what she is doing…. Burning any bridges isnt smart… haha

  3. Ulyana Michailov Actually, it’s given her more attention than a more gracious response would have… now even I know she was on The Morning Show and I don’t watch morning television lol. Her Publicist could be patting her on the back “any publicity is good publicity!”

  4. Amber Petty Yes you’re right Ulyana, it certainly boost that promo trip of hers. And apparently she’s already boosted sales of croissants and French bulldogs so that’s a positive
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  5. Glenn Coombs We have two French Bulldogs, love croissants and coffee. Had enough of Paris though…..been there 3 times now and the last trip was too much. Hope you’re well Amber – Glenn.

  6. Tina Lee Great story, and yes I am sure it would get annoying, you move on but the fans haven’t but isn’t it part of the job?, You can answer the question politely and move on or come across as a rude snob and lose fans in the process.
    about an hour ago · Like · 1

  7. Amber Petty I mean people still ask me about playing Talullah in Bugsy Malone in primary school but I am always gracious about it and say “yes it was wonderful. The fact I cast myself for the role does not take away from the fact that I owned the part onstage. And look at where I am now?” Which usually leaves them scratching their heads. Anyway I’m off to walk my French bulldog and pick up some croissants for the morning. Thank god for French patisseries!

  8. Glenn Coombs Send me a pic of your Frenchie (if you get a moment) and I will send you a pic of ours (Mother and Daughter) 🙂
    11 minutes ago · Like

  9. Message Body:
    “Why niggly & Parisian all of a sudden?”

    What is so Parisian about MG’s response to her interview? The ungracious, whinging, ‘I deserve more than I’ve earned’, lack of humility and general bad taste sounds more Australian to me.

    (I know she mentioned having a coffee in Paris, but you have claimed her ATTITUDE is Parisian. France is the last country we can be racist about and get away with it. How about Jews and Scots are mean, Aboriginal youths are drunk house-breakers, Italian men premature ejaculators, Greeks dishonest tax avoiders and Aussies uncouth?)

  10. to Cath
    Cathy the comment was not aimed at the French, it was aimed at how stupid and how desperate she sounds name dropping so many French things she’d rather be doing. I think it’s one of those outbursts that is actually so funny in that she clearly thinks she’s ever so above everybody but her comments make her look more stupid than any interviewer she’s complaining about. Thanks for your comments.

  11. I don’t know why, but I actually came down on Melissa George’s side on this one. Maybe it was because it was because of Channel 7’s crass opportunity for plugging a show that, should really have been put out of its misery a long time ago Or because they are kind of like the people who live in my home town who whenever I visit there, still ask me when I’m moving back (for the record – I’ve lived away from there nearly 20 years). There are those who refuse to see you as the person you are now – they still see you as the pimply teen you were then and give no thought to your achievements in the interveneing years.

    I for one think Melissa George is a decent actress who has done some really solid work over the years – Alias, Greys Anatomy, The Slap to name just a few. She’s paid her dues and I think she’s justified in being pissed off. And let’s not forget why she was here – to promote her new series ‘The Hunted’ which has been given a reprieve by the US’ HBO Network – and also to participate in McHappy Day which raises money for Ronald McDonald House and sick children.

    I’m in her corner on this.

  12. Are you saying you like to be remembered for your misogynistic, catty views on popular female celebrities. The way you behaved on SAFM Amber? Wouldn’t you like to think people have grown and moved on from that by now? Or as I understand from your story, you are wanting us to stay in the past, casting you in that role over and over and not actually understanding anything else about you? So that everytime you pop up somewhere the instant question forming is ‘what is her latest hate rant going to be about Rihanna?’

    • Yes I was definitely known for hateful and catty comments on Safm. I probably should point out my sarcasm here as you quite honestly don’t sound like you have a discerning ear or bone in your body. Why are you even listening to a station like Safm when you must surely know the brand is all about celebrity gossip and jokes at others expenses?

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