Home and Away star Sophie Dillman (Ziggy Astoni) sat down with Yahoo Lifestyle Australia to chat about the show and getting ready for The Logies.
SOPHIE DILLMAN: Hi. I'm Sophie Dillman, and I play Ziggy Astoni on "Home and Away." It's been really fun preparing for The Logies this time, after two years of doing nothing except work.
And I love work. And we have so much fun on set. But we've worked really, really hard, with no, sort of, reprieve or anything fun to look forward to.
So it's really important that, I think, everyone in the industry gets to celebrate because the whole industry has suffered, and have worked so hard, and have made incredible work. So it's really exciting to get ready, and to prepare, and to, hopefully, meet new people, and spend time with a cast that, if you don't work with them, you'd never see them. So it's really exciting to be able to spend time with a cast that you don't get to work with.
I honestly didn't even think I would ever have my name alongside those people. They are, like, some of my acting heroes. To have my name in the same category as them is just mind-blowing, dream come true. I really just hope that I get to meet them all on the night [LAUGHS] because I aspire to be them, and have their careers, and, hopefully, work alongside them in the future.
It's a bit of a process to work out what you're gonna wear and what you're gonna look like. I have been working with a stylist down in [INAUDIBLE]. And we worked together a lot, and she is fantastic. She knows how to dress me. She's dressed me a number of times.
And from there, we decided to go with a designer, Con Ilio. He's phenomenal. I found out, on the weekend, that he has never even had any formal training. And some of his designs are so amazing. You just can't imagine that someone could actually put that many hours into that much detail.
And so we went with Con Ilio. He did my last dress, as well, and I loved it. And he put sketches together. You say, yes, no, tweak this, maybe this. And it's a big collaborative process.
And then, from there, I've spoken to my hair and makeup artist, who is head of "Home and Away" hair and makeup, Laura. And she's phenomenal. She's done my face a lot.
But from the design of the dress, we, sort of, started talking about hairstyles and makeup styles. We send reference pictures back and forward. And then we come together, sort of, as this delicious mix of deliciousness, to make something fantastic for the night.
- So, obviously, Patty is going.
SOPHIE DILLMAN: Yes.
- Does he have to match you?
SOPHIE DILLMAN: [LAUGHS] I mean, he doesn't have to. And I wouldn't want him to think that he has to match me at all. I suppose, if I think about it, we'll probably look nice standing next to each other because of the colors that we've got going together. But he didn't have to. And his suit is delicious. [LAUGHS]
I've never actually filmed the day after The Logies. I've been very lucky. The first year that I went to The Logies, Patrick and Tim Franklin had to film, and they were on a 5 o'clock flight back to studio. And I'm unsure whether they had any sleep, but I can confirm that they definitely fell asleep in takes during the whole day of filming. [LAUGHS]
I remember being woken up by my alarm at some ungodly hour. I hadn't been up that early ever before, maybe, or in years. I was driven to set, and I was freaking out. I had a full day, all the scenes.
It was the first time my family was working together, as well, which I was so excited about, but really nervous. I wanted to make a good impression. It was my first acting job. Or, it still is my only acting job I've ever had. So you want to make a good impression.
But I got there, and I saw these big trucks and these big lights. And someone got me from the car and took me to the hair and makeup chair. And we had hair--
I thought I had to do my own hair and makeup, until I got there. [LAUGHS] And I was sitting with the hair and makeup artist. And I put my costume on.
And everyone was so nice and so patient. We had an incredible director that had, I suppose, helped pick us, mas cast, as well. So he was really understanding of what he liked and wanted to see. And it was so much fun. It was so much fun, one of the best days in my life.
I have so many supporters. My grandad still cuts out anything that he finds in the newspaper or in a magazine, and lemonades it, and gives it to my mom. My mom cuts out every piece of anything that she finds of me. I have-- one of my oldest family friends had, like, a future, you know--
My mom, when she was pregnant, had her future read by this woman, and her best friend. And they said that I was going to be an actor in the future thing. And I remember getting this job, and she messaged me. I hadn't seen her in years, and she said, I told you. We knew, before you were born, that this is what you were meant to do.
All of my friends have, when I was a poor, out-of-work actor, sent me gas money. Gas money? Petrol money, sent me food, money, flown me to places, helped me with auditions. I've been so privileged to have such a supportive network. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without it.
Well, I mean, we don't really get to choose how long we get to stay on "Home and Away." I feel like a lot of people ask us that. It's not our choice. [LAUGHS]
We're privileged to have the opportunity to work as a character on "Home and Away" or as an actor on "Home and Away." And it's up to the writers and the producers, what they want from the character, and how long the character is meant to be there, and how that storyline goes. I will work there as long as I absolutely can because I love everyone there, and who knows how long that will be for.
It's actually really great, working with Patty. We worked together before we got together, so we had a professional relationship and a great professional relationship first. So working with your partner, when you know they are so great-- and I really admire his work ethic.
I really admire some of his acting choices and how he looks at his character and his storylines. I've learned a lot from him. So it's really fun.
I would absolutely love to have the puppy on the show. Winnie would be phenomenal as an actor. I can tell you that right now. He was on "The Morning Show" a few weeks ago, and he looked straight down the camera [LAUGHS] the whole time. He was adorable.
I would love for him to be on the show. Honestly, he's not the most obedient dog, so maybe he wouldn't be easily directed. But I think we can work around that. [LAUGHS]
Oh, no, no. No, guys, come on. [LAUGHS] I still am shocked that I was nominated. Truly, I nearly passed out when I found out. So writing speech is a long way off, and I don't know whether that--
Is that a bad omen? I don't know whether you should. Then, at the same time, you don't want to get up there and not have anything to say. That's too much for me to answer. [LAUGHS]
Well, we found out at a nomination event. An event was hosted to celebrate that The Logies was happening. And I was announced as a nominee.
And I was there, actually, with Ray. And I nearly fell off my chair and had to take a number of very deep breaths in the bathroom. [LAUGHS] But it was just incredible.
To see our industry come together again like that is so cool. Really, it's like being in a room of-- everyone that you have always wanted to work with are all standing right in front of you. And you don't know where to look, or who to speak to, or anything. Like, it's a dream.