Home and Away's Sarah Roberts reveals surprise link to new role

Sarah Roberts is hitting the big screen with her role in Wog Boys Forever.

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SARAH ROBERTS: I grew up watching the "Wog Boy" films, what 20, 20 was it 20 years ago? 23 years ago, I think. So. I watched "Wog Boy" with my brother and my sister. And I'm a Melbourne girl at heart, originally. So I know all about Chapel Street, and chap laps, and the Valiant Pacers, and Chase's nightclub, which features a lot in the film.

I actually had my first bartending job there. And I used to dance and party there. So I was really excited when I heard that I was going to jump on board for this film. So it's a romantic comedy. I'm not sure if you've seen the other "Wog Boy" films, but it's set 20 years later, after Frank and Steve have separated after those previous two films. And they reunite and get up to the same antics.

So it's a great film with a lot of heart and a lot of laughter. I really wanted to do a comedy. My character is sort of the truth throughout the whole film. And I'm in a lot of scenes of the boys. And a lot of the time, it was really hard to keep a straight face on set. But I just wanted to do something funny, something that was going to make me laugh every day. And yeah, it definitely did that.

It's a melting pot of ethnicities up on screen. We had the world premiere last Thursday in Melbourne, and I just felt it was just such an amazing feeling, actually, to be standing up on stage. And we were all from different ethnic backgrounds. And you look up on the screen, and the same thing. And I think it's really important that Australia starts, I think it's starting, but I think we could push those boundaries even more.

It's an honor to me to be able to represent people of other ethnicities or 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. And that's what it started off as, you know?

This poor little Steve Karamitsis is being called the Wog Boy at school. And then he takes that name, and he turns it around, and he makes it almost something to be proud of. In "Home and Away" we'd film, you'd get, say, 45 minutes for one scene, but in film you get sometimes a day to shoot one scene. And you really have time to research.

I mean, not that I had to, I didn't have to research that much because my character was a DJ. And I'm a DJ in real life, as well. But it's just so, it's just such a great feeling, as an actor, having time to work on set with things, and be able to rehearse properly with the other actors, and collaborate with the director.

It's just really exciting that there's another Australian comedy film that's come out. And I hope everyone goes to see it. And it's a breath of fresh air. And it's exactly what we need right now, you know? Bums on cinema seats and people laughing after a huge two years of lockdowns. And I think it would be just what the world needs.