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Valentina Novakovic - 'Neighbours' Natasha Williams

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Valentina Novakovic as Natasha Williams

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Neighbours' tearaway teenager Natasha Williams faces another turbulent few days in this week's episodes as she remains isolated from her father Michael. Although Michael is starting to feel guilty about ignoring Tash, his resolve is strengthened when he hears her continuing to lie about the graffiti incident during an appearance on PirateNet. Afterwards, Michael carries on snubbing Tash's attempts to get back in his good books, pushing her to the limit until she breaks down in front of Paul Robinson at Harold's Store. Here, actress Valentina Novakovic - who plays Tash - chats to Digital Spy about this week's episodes and the big storyline planned for her character later this year.

How is Tash feeling following her father's decision to stop playing an active role in her life?
"It's very different, very weird and something she didn't expect! She is quite hurt about it, far more than if she had actually been punished. And she is very disappointed in herself for hurting him so much."

With Michael trying to act like he's not interested in her, Tash is having to be a lot more independent. Does she find that easier or harder than she expected?
"It's easier in the sense that she can do what she wants, but it's harder because she wants her father's attention, which is why she goes to the extremes of abusing this freedom that she has so she'll get his attention. It's very complex!"

Tash ends up making the situation worse as Michael hears her lying about the graffiti on the radio. Why does Tash carry on her deception in public?
"She just doesn't know how to tell the truth when she is caught out. She just keeps going and going with more lies to cover things up until she is at the point of no return."

We see Tash trying to get back on her father's good side by playing an active role in the housekeeping and ironing his shirts. Is Michael responsive to Tash's attempts to reach out?
"Not at all - he just brushes it aside, even though it's hard for him to do that. She knows how much her father loves her which is why this is even more jarring, as she realises it must be killing her father to act this way."

Paul also becomes involved in the storyline when Tash breaks down in front of him. Do you enjoy those opportunities to show Tash's softer side?
"Yes, absolutely, it shows she does have a vulnerable side and she isn't nearly as tough as she appears! Michael also gets angry that someone else is now involved."

How long do you think it will take for Tash and Michael to get back on track as father and daughter?
"Without giving too much away, they do make amends - however, it's not easy! There is a lot to work through and Tash needs to earn Michael's respect."

Sandy Winton (Michael Williams) and Valentina Novakovic (Natasha Williams)
Do you think viewers will sympathise with Tash as she's so lonely in this storyline, or is there an element of her getting what she deserves?
"Of course the natural reaction would be that she deserves everything that has happened to her, but I think viewers will feel that enough is enough and have a little sympathy for her."

We've seen Tash go through various dramas, but she often doesn't seem to learn from them! Do you think this could be the storyline that changes her as a character?
"I think it is. What we are filming at the moment features a Tash which is a lot more sensitive and not quite so self-absorbed."

On a different note, Tash's friendship with Chris has been nice to watch. Have you enjoyed filming those scenes with James Mason?
"Absolutely, we've had some great scenes together which are often very funny and completely different from when she is with her girlfriends. James is just as nice as Chris!"

We know that Chris has a relationship story on the way, so will Tash have any involvement in that as one of his close friends?
"Definitely. Chris and Tash have become closer because of the dramas in her life and are now almost best friends. Something as big as a relationship is something they would share."

Neighbours newcomer Freya Stafford
The big news recently has been Freya Stafford joining the show as Tash's aunt Emilia. Are you enjoying working with her?
"Yes, it's like a breath of fresh air. Freya is a great actress so for me, it's a privilege to be working with someone like her and she is also terrific fun."

Has Tash ever met Emilia before, or is she a complete stranger to her?
"She did meet her, but it was when she was just a toddler so she basically is a complete stranger to her."

Will we see Tash get along with Emilia or is there some tension there?
"The only tension is they are seeing each other behind Michael's back but from the start, they get along really well. Although when Tash mentions her mother, Emilia's reaction is quite strange. But there is so much coming up between these two that all this could change!"

Valentina Novakovic who plays Natasha Williams in Neighbours
Tash and Michael's pasts have been something of a mystery for quite a while now. Is it nice to be delving into it now?
"Oh, absolutely. I've known for a couple of months what is coming but before that, I had to make up my own backstory about Tash so I could get a better handle on her, so this is great now. To have the real story is great, and what a story it is!"

We know that there's a big revelation on the way regarding Tash's mother, which is currently top secret. Were you shocked when you heard what's in store?
"Oh yeah, it's a great story. We give away the information in stages. First there is a little bit of the story revealed and you think 'Wow', but then there is more and more and more!"

For a while, yourself and Sandy Winton were the most recent additions to the Neighbours cast. As there's been so many new arrivals recently, is it nice to not be the newbies now?
"For a while we were the newbies, but now it has definitely changed! We've been filming on the show now for nearly a year and half so feel very much part of the furniture now."

> Read our recent interview with Neighbours star Sandy Winton
> Read our recent interview with Neighbours star Gemma Pranita
> Read all the latest Neighbours spoilers and news

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 in the UK and weekdays at 6.30pm on Eleven in Australia. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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