Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jolene's Career Is in a Rush but the Job Is Steady

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jolene's Career Is in a Rush but the Job Is Steady

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FROM a nurse in All Saints' emergency department to a specialist negotiator in Rush, Jolene Anderson's career has been nothing if not diverse.

As quiet, down-to-earth, girl-next-door Erica Templeton on All Saints, her character couldn't be any further removed from the tough ice-queen Shannon Henry in Rush.

"Erica Templeton was this forever optimistic character and Shannon hits the ground running, gets in there. She holds her ground, stands up for herself," Jolene explained.

Coming into the second series of the popular Ten drama after a dramatic exit from All Saints, where her character was murdered, Jolene has managed to achieve something most actors can only dream of: a regular pay packet.

During her time on All Saints, Australia discovered that not only was Jolene an impressive performer, earning her a Logie nomination for most popular new talent, but she also had an impressive set of vocal chords to rival some of the best. Partnered with singing sensation David Campbell in the Seven competition It Takes Two, Jolene beat a horde of other celebrities to eventually take out the grand final.

Her performance on the show had theatre producers standing up to attention, realising they had a very bankable star just waiting to tread the boards.

It wasn't long before Kookaburra Theatre Company had cast Jolene in the smash-hit musical Tell Me on Sunday, which earned her both critical and audience acclaim.

Almost straight from the set of Tell Me on Sunday, Jolene walked into the cast of one of Ten's biggest success stories for 2008, Rush.

It is safe to say, she is living the dream.

"Someone out there is looking after me," she said.

"It's an exhausting dream and I have to catch myself and remember that I am (in) the 2% of actors that are working."

Despite having made a living in the cut-throat entertainment industry for the past three years, Jolene firmly believes that audiences need to do more to support Aussie drama.

"I really think Australians need to get behind Australian drama," she said.

"We have some fantastic shows in Australia. It's not just the American shows. …

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