‘There’s always more that can be done’: Former Neighbours star Olympia Valance calls out lack of multiculturalism on Australian TV
Former Neighbours star, Olympia Valance, 26, has called out the lack of multiculturalism on Australian TV.
Speaking to Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos this week, the Australian actress, who is of Greek and Serbian descent, said while there are efforts to improve diversity on-screen (particularly in her home state Victoria) – there’s still more to be done.
‘Victoria is already one of the most multicultural places in the world and I think we are doing a great job at welcoming and incorporating diversity into Australia’s entertainment industry… however, there’s always more that can be done,’ she said.
Using her platform: Former Neighbours star, Olympia Valance, has called out the lack of multiculturalism on Australian TV. Pictured at the Logies last month
‘When I watch TV, I want to relate and resonate in some way with the people I’m watching or listening to.
‘Seeing is believing, so when you watch TV you feel like you belong when there’s people that you can resonate with.’
Neos Kosmos was founded by Olympia’s late grandfather, Dimitri Gogos, in 1967.
It comes after she was named an Ambassador for Multiculturalism by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) last year.
TV gig: Olympia (3-R) plays Tahlia Woods in Channel Ten drama Playing For Keeps, which she joined last year
She said at the time it’s important for Victorians to prioritise ‘keeping our state an open and friendly space for everyone’, reported The Herald Sun.
‘Melbourne has always been home to me, but such a huge part of that comes down to feeling welcome and being part of an inclusive, loving community.’
Olympia, who is the half-sister of former pop star Holly Valance, launched her acting career in the role of Paige Smith on Neoughbours in 2014.
The role scored her a Logies nod in 2015 and she left last year ti pursue another gig on Channel Ten’s Playing for Keeps.
Earlier this year, she had a stint on Dancing with the Stars and was eliminated fourth.