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Illawarra Mercury

Playing her worst nightmare is still a dream come true

Date: 07/11/1997
Words: 350
          Publication: Illawarra Mercury
Section: Applause
Page: 35
Joining the cast of Neighbours may have been a dream for Emily Milburn but her character is nothing short of a nightmare.

Caitlin Atkins manages to stir up trouble in Ramsay Street, hiding her inner feelings under an air of tough bravado.

It is a role that Milburn, 17, says is foreign to her own personality.

"Caitlin is my worst nightmare," she said, grimacing at the thought of her alter ego.

"I had to think about my worst nightmare and play it like that because I'm usually pretty calm. I hold back a little bit and I don't think like Caitlin does, but it was fun to cut loose and just go for it.

The new kid on the block moved into Erinsborough when her parents headed to the Middle East for work. At first Caitlin was just visiting her adopted brother Ben but, feeling lost in the world and rejected by her parents, she decided to stay and fire up the neighbourhood.

Milburn scored the plum role six months after auditioning for the character of Anne (played by Brooke Satchwell).

Determined to make acting her career from childhood, Milburn began studying ballet at the age of five before moving on to music and testing her skills on the saxophone, violin and piano.

Then it was back to dance, studying jazz and tap before making her debut in a primary school musical.

Although Neighbours has complicated her life, Milburn is coping with an adjusted study timetable, the hours on set and has plans to eventually take a year off to travel the world. Then, if all goes according to plan, it's NIDA (or an equivalent drama course) and a steady stream of roles.

It would be easy to become overwhelmed by such dreams but Milburn has her mind set firmly in reality. If she didn't, her closest school friends would pull her back to earth.

Neighbours screens weeknights on Ten Capital at 6.30pm.

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