Dichen Lachman


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    • Dichen: (On filming Neighbours versus her work in films) Very different! Neighbours shoots 25 minutes a day, on a film you might do 4 minutes if you're lucky.

    • Dichen: (About starting on Neighbours) Everything was kind of frantic. My grandfather, Gus, who was very dear to me, died two weeks after I started. I was moving, a relationship I was in was seeing its final days, in a very ugly fashion, and everything was kind of overwhelming. But in the end, my grandfather had a long and very happy, content life. The relationship should have ended anyway, and I needed the challenge of Neighbours for my own personal growth... So, even though I miss my dear grandfather, I still consider it was a very significant and important part of my life and I am lucky to have experienced it.

    • Dichen: (On her first day on Neighbours) I remember thinking 'this is really strange'. It was very weird working with people that I felt I already knew in a strange way. Growing up watching these people, then being in the same room as them, working with them was a bizarre feeling. I was also very nervous because I didn't have much experience and took a while to settle in and get used to all the technical side of things.

    • Dichen: (On her "Neighbours" co-stars) Caitlin [Stasey] and Matt [Werkmeister] I love like they were my blood. I miss them so much, I wish I could take them everywhere with me.

    • Dichen: (On entering an already established cast on "Neighbours") [It was] very comforting because it is like joining a family. I loved it! It was one of the best experiences of my life and the friends I made there will be friends forever, especially Caitlin (Rachel Kinski) and Matt (Zeke Kinski), they were my two shining stars.

    • Dichen: (On her character in Neighbours) She is just a bit lost. Wants to be loved, looking to fit in. Never means to be nasty, deep down she is soft and very vulnerable.

    • Dichen: (On fan support for Neighbours) It is wonderful to get that support from the fans, with out the fans there would be no show. I still have a lot of letters to reply to, but if people go to my myspace I usually respond within a few days.

    • Dichen: (On being recognized after Neighbours) It was a rush, but I tried not to think about it too much, I just kept reminding myself that everything is transitory... because it is an amazing feeling being recognised for doing what you love and if you get used to that, and then don't get it anymore it can be demoralizing. But what you have to remember is that the work is really what it should be about.

    • Dichen: (On her reaction to landing a part on Neighbours) I was working at BaySwiss at the time, with my friend, Julia (fantastic girl) and had just taken my parents to the airport and my agent called me and I think I nearly peed in my pants! It was a fantastic moment.

    • Dichen: I realized I wanted to be an actor when I was 19 and then took the next step by moving to Sydney when I was 20. I did the usual, worked in retail, and at a restaurant called Jimmy Licks. I didn't have much luck to begin with but two years later, after many classes and several auditions, I got the part of Beth Ann in Aquamarine, which was an amazing experience and I learnt a lot! Then I was asked to audition for Neighbours, not for a part, it was more of a general and they seemed to like what I did because two weeks later they told me that they were going to write me in.

    • Dichen: (On landing a role on Neighbours) It's so wonderful for a mixed race person to have an opportunity to play an Australian character. At first I was a bit worried my race would make it hard to get a job in Australia. But I have a lot of faith now. I do hope my new role encourages people from other cultures but who are half Australian, to believe there is room of all of us (on television).

    • Dichen: (On what she did after Neighbours) I've been back home to spend time with my family, and spending some time in LA doing an acting course. I still have a lot to learn and being surrounded by other actors and the industry in general is a wonderful experience.

    • Dichen: (On her Neighbours character being shot) I've never been shot before and I thought it'd probably be one of the hardest things to make look real. But I've watched the scene and I thought, 'Well, for my first shooting, I'm not too unhappy with that!'

    • Dichen (On her Neighbours character return to crime): She's not willingly returning to her old life, but she believes she has no other option. She thinks, 'I may as well enjoy it while I can! She feels trapped, so she just makes the most of a very bad situation.

    • Dichen: (On leaving Neighbours): I was always aware that it was a temporary thing. It was like a hot day in the middle of winter for me, and I feel so lucky that it lasted as long as it did. So it was sort of expected and sort of unexpected all at once. With this industry, you're just not quite sure. Of course, it's very sad because I made such wonderful friends and they're like my family.

    • Dichen: (on her stint on Neighbours): I was very aware the whole time I was here that, every week I got a script and I was in, it was a blessing. It meant that they fitted me in somehow.