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'Neighbours' Rebekah Elmaloglou sparked Terese name tweak

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Neighbours' new recruit Rebekah Elmaloglou has revealed that she asked for the pronunciation of her character's name to be changed before she started filming.

The former Home and Away actress has been cast as Terese Willis, who moves onto Ramsay Street with her family after landing a top job at Lassiter's.

Rebekah Elmaloglou as Terese Willis.

© Channel 5

Rebekah Elmaloglou as Terese Willis.



Elmaloglou was thrilled when she was first told her alter ego's name, as it is a deviation of her mother's name Theresa. However, she did have some concerns when she discovered the pronunciation chosen by producers.

She laughed: "At first I thought, 'That's nice, I'll always have mum close to me' - until I realised it's pronounced exactly how mum hates it! I knew she would cringe every time she watched me on Neighbours."

Wanting to make life easier, Neighbours bosses changed their plans before Elmaloglou filmed her first scene.

She added: "The producers were very good about it, however I caught it just in time as Terese is mentioned in episodes a few weeks before she arrives on screen."

The Willis Family; Brad, Terese, Imogen and Josh.

© Channel 5

The Willis family.



Elmaloglou has relocated to Melbourne with her husband and young son for the role of Terese.

Neighbours fans in Australia have already seen Terese's debut, while her first scenes air on Channel 5 in the UK next month.

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