If you grew up in the early 2000s, chances are you rushed home from school to watch Silversun. The hugely popular Sci-Fi ABC kid's show aired at 5pm every day and followed the adventures of the teen crew of the Star Runner spaceship on a 90-day journey to a new liveable planet.
Cleopatra Coleman, who played the strong-minded and often outspoken teen Zandie Brokow is not only totally unrecognisable today, but has come a very long way since starring as a fresh-faced 17-year-old in the cult TV show.
So what’s she been up to in the 19 years since?
She's a long way from Byron Bay
Unknowingly, Silversun fans have probably seen Cleopatra more recently than they think, with the actress starring in two of the biggest movies to be released in Hollywood this year.
The now 35-year-old actress, originally from New South Wales, has totally transformed her life since her days on board the Star Runner, now living and working in LA scoring some of the biggest roles in Hollywood.
In fact, today she’s totally unrecognisable from her days as a home-grown Aussie teen talent, transforming herself into a highly sought-after Hollywood actress who isn't afraid to take on complex characters. And it looks like things are only getting better for the one-time Byron Bay local. She’s currently promoting her new movie A Lot of Nothing which she stars in alongside This is Us star, Justin Hartley.
The highly anticipated dramatic thriller sees the lives of a married couple completely spiral out of control after they realise their neighbour committed a crime and they try to seek justice.
For Coleman, she says she’s scored the role she’s been wanting to play all her life, telling the entertainment news site Collider.com she can now be more intentional in the roles she now chooses to play.
“It was so deeply challenging. The character I was playing,” she says of her A Lot of Nothing character, Vanessa.
“That’s something that I want to get more involved with, these deeply floored, sometimes unlikeable female characters. I think they are important.”
So how did she hit the big time?
Since her days as a teen actress, Coleman appeared in a handful of cult Aussie TV drama series, including Blue Heelers, City Homicide and Rush. But most notably she nabbed a long-running role in the popular Aussie soap series Neighbours.
From there she landed herself a string of acting gigs, including a role in Step Up Revolution, which she described as the role that made her realise she could have a Hollywood career.
Three years later she scored a lead role in the US comedy series The Last Man on Earth alongside Jason Sudeikis and January Jones, with the four-year role cementing the fact she'd make it in the cut-throat world of LA acting.
“I was like, okay I’m a working actor in LA that’s happening for me,” she said.
She's not done with science fiction either, recently starring in the Netflix original sci-fi thriller, In the Shadow of the Moon and the newly released horror film Infinity Pool.
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