Home and Away's Sophie Dillman spills on dream role after shock soap exit

EXCLUSIVE: She might not be on our TV screens anymore but Sophie Dillman has big plans.

Sophie Dillman is Yahoo Lifestyle Australia's new columnist. Sophie will be bringing insider insights into everything from her time on Home and Away to what it's like being in the public eye and falling in love in the workplace.

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Sophie Dillman has spilled on her dream role. Photo: Instagram/Sophie Dillman

I never dreamed I would be a working actor, on a set, with costumes and scripts and a director. I am still waiting to wake up from the dream. A question I regularly get asked by both fans and media is what would be my dream role? That's like trying to make me choose between chocolate, cheese and wine.

When I was little, I wanted to be Michelle in Destiny's Child (even in my wildest dreams I could never be Beyoncé). I loved watching WWE Smackdown on Saturdays and made up a character for myself, Thunder from Down Under who wore an akubra and wrestled a crocodile to an ACDC song whilst entering the stadium. My father quickly squashed that dream explaining that my character sounded like a fart. However, the only role I thought I would honestly play is that of a nurse, in a hospital in my real nursing life.

To have the honour of playing Ziggy for so long was a dream come true for little Thunder. The potential of playing more than one character is almost incomprehensible.

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Actors do not get to choose roles. They audition, they get super lucky if they get the part and they play the character as it is written. Once that part is over, they move on to the next one, chosen by directors, producers, and casting agents.

But let’s suspend reality for a second and pretend I got to choose.... THERE ARE TOO MANY OPTIONS!

When I first got into acting school my father would say to me Bad Boys 3 will be your first film. Not only can I recite the first two films in the series off by heart, but I can also tell you in what order the soundtrack happens. Those films are true works of art. Obviously, Bad Boys 3 is out, and I am nowhere to be found but I have faith that Bad Boys 4 will find me in some capacity. I am putting it to the Universe.


Sophie Dillman as Ziggy on Home and Away
Sophie played Ziggy on Home and Away. Photo: Instagram/Sophie Dillman

I have always loved watching women kick butt! Wonder Woman, Xena, Lara Croft, G.I Jane, Million Dollar Baby- The idea that women are strong and powerful regardless of their looks is something I want to be a part of. I love watching women play real women. Flawed, natural and imperfectly perfect. The more stories out there that show true human condition the more empathy the world will hold. I also love love stories. Romantic comedies are my favourite movies to watch. Julie and Julia, It’s Complicated, Something’s got to Give, Hitch, Bridget Jones are in my regular viewing cycle, and to be able to tell a story like that would be a dream come true.

I love stories that make people feel good, give people hope and make those who are lonely, feel less alone. If by a stroke of some miracle and a whole lot of luck I get to work again, I hope the projects I am involved in do those things (and maaaayybe let me shoot a gun haha!)

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