Sarah is currently doing press for her new film Wog Boys Forever, and was delighted when Sam supported her at the world premiere in Melbourne.
“Sammy’s such a beautiful friend of mine. She’s one of my best friends, she’s always been there for me,” Sarah tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“I miss her a lot because she’s living down in Melbourne now, and I’m still up in Sydney. I love to get the chance to see her whenever I can.”
The star, who played Willow Harris on the soap for over three years, says that they make a conscious effort to support each other’s projects.
'I wanted to do a comedy'
The actress was a huge fan of film The Wog Boy, released in 2000, and jumped at the chance to be involved with franchise’s third film.
“I grew up watching the Wog Boy films, what — 23 years ago I think. I watched Wog Boy with my brother and my sister, and I’m a Melbourne girl at heart,” she says.
In a strange twist, Sarah has a personal connection with one of the film's main locations, Chasers Nightclub.
“I actually had my first bartending job there and I used to dance and party there,” she reveals.
Sarah spent years on Home and Away with dramatic storylines that included kidnapping, a gambling addiction, and a turn as a court witness that sent Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) to jail.
While she loved her time on the soap, she was ready for something a little less dramatic.
“I really wanted to do a comedy,” she admits. “My character is sort of the truth throughout the whole film. And I’m in a lot of the scenes with the boys, and it was really hard to keep a straight face on set.”
“I just wanted to do something funny, something that was going to make me laugh every day. It definitely did that,” she says.
‘It’s an amazing feeling’
Sarah has been open about her struggle in the acting industry, including being typecast at first as an ‘Indian doctor’ due to her ethnicity.
She tells us about the moment that overwhelmed her during the world premiere, and what being part of such a diverse film means to her.
“It’s such an amazing feeling actually, to be standing up on stage, and we were all from different ethnic backgrounds. You look up on screen, and [it’s] the same thing, and I think it’s really important that Australia starts [to] push those boundaries even more,” she explains.
“It’s an honour to me to be able to represent people of other ethnicities, of sexual backgrounds, anything like that on screen. I love doing that because I think it’s important for people to feel included, and that’s what this film is about.”
The romantic comedy is set 20 years after the original film, and the actress says it’s ‘a breath of fresh air’.
Sarah dismisses break-up rumours
The star has been the topic of nasty rumours over the past two weeks, after it was reported that her marriage with James Stewart was on the rocks.
However, her face visibly lights up when she talks about her ‘little mini family’ that she has up in Sydney with James and her stepdaughter Scout Stewart.
James is busy working on Home and Away as Justin Morgan, and while he wasn't able to attend Sarah's premiere in Melbourne, he was by her side for the Sydney premiere.
Sarah recently told Woman’s Day that the pair are definitely still together, and that they’re ‘happy’.
“He picked me up from the airport last week, when I landed from Tuscany, with a big bouquet of pink tulips. I've been sick lately and he's been gorgeous. He's been looking after me with chicken soup and foot rubs,” she told the publication.
The split rumours don’t bother her, but she hopes that her 10-year-old stepdaughter doesn't see the news.
While it’s always hard being away from James and Scout, she is busy travelling where work takes her — Wog Boys Forever was filmed in Melbourne, and she’s about to head back to the USA.
“I go to LA for two weeks because I have management over there. It’s time for me to go over and say hi guys, I’m still alive!” she tells us.
“I have a full DJ roster all the way up until New Year’s, so I’m busy, and I’m always auditioning so I’m sure another project will pop up soon.”
Wog Boys Forever is in cinemas on 6 October
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