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'Neighbours' Jenna Rosenow interview: 'Amber will be heartbroken'

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Jenna Rosenow as Amber Turner in Neighbours

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Jenna Rosenow as Amber Turner



Neighbours fans can expect more romance dramas for Amber Turner in the next few weeks as her on-off relationship with Josh Willis continues to have its fair share of challenges.

Earlier this week, Digital Spy gave Jenna Rosenow - who plays Amber - a call to chat about her current storylines, life at Neighbours and what's to come.

It's now been a year since it was announced that you were joining Neighbours. How would you sum up the past 12 months?
"It's been pretty amazing. It definitely doesn't feel like a year has passed already. It's gone so quickly but it's been such a good year."

Are you pleased with how viewers are responding to Amber and the Turners?
"Definitely. I think it's taken a little while, as people always have their favourites so when new people come in, they're always a little hesitant to accept them as part of the show. But I think people have now started to warm up to the Turners and accept them as part of Ramsay Street."

Is Amber easy for you to relate to?
"There's definitely some similarities between us, but there's also a lot of differences. Amber is younger than me and it was difficult to put myself in that mindset at first, because when I started filming she was 16. But then shortly afterwards, the Willis family came in and I started having a lot of scenes with Ariel Kaplan who plays Imogen. It was great to have another person playing a 16-year-old girl, as it really helped both of us to get back into that 'teenage stage'!

"Amber is a really good role to play and I think she's someone who a lot of young girls will be able to look at and relate to."

Neighbours actresses Jenna Rosenow and Ariel Kaplan

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Jenna Rosenow and Ariel Kaplan



A lot of your storylines are revolving around the Amber and Josh pairing. Do you think they make a good couple?
"I do! I think that they're going to be that typical Neighbours teen relationship, where they'll be on and off for a long while. At the moment it's quite early on in their relationship so we'll have to see how it goes…"

It's been revealed that Josh will soon be sharing a surprise kiss with a journalist called Ruby. What can you tell us about that storyline?
"As Amber and Josh are always on again/off again, they go through a little fight where it seems like they have broken up, but they haven't necessarily split for good. Ruby, the journalist, then kisses Josh while interviewing him.

"Josh gets back with Amber that same day and they sleep together for the first time, but he doesn't tell her what happened. She soon finds out, though, and is pretty heartbroken about it. There's a big confrontation as Amber is not happy about it at all!"

It soon hits home that Josh will be getting a lot more female attention if his swimming career takes off. Is that something Amber could deal with?
"I think Amber initially freaks out about that, but after a while she tries to deal with it. She decides that she doesn't want to be a psycho girlfriend about it!"

Harley Bonner and Jenna Rosenow

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Harley Bonner and Jenna Rosenow



From the hints and teasers we keep hearing, it feels like there could still be some big secrets at the heart of the Turner and Willis families. Are there some revelations to come?
"There could possibly be some things to come out! We have been led to believe there might be future family conflicts, but the producers are keeping it all under wraps at the moment.

"For Amber herself, there's a fair bit coming up with her and Josh. There's also a lot coming up for Amber as an individual as she's showing that she's growing, maturing and becoming an adult."

When you had the 'Who Killed Robbo?' storyline, did you ever think or hope that the culprit could be Amber?
"I did! When we were first told about the storyline, the producers didn't let us know who the killer was. That's pretty rare, but there are storylines which come up every once in a while where they try to keep things under wraps for as long as possible.

"There were a good few months where we had no idea who had killed Robbo, so everyone was going through all of the clues in their minds and wondering whether their character could have done it. I think it would have been a really great storyline to be in the position of the killer, but as we know now, it wasn't Amber!"

Amber confronts Robbo before the accident.

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Robbo and Amber



What's it like to have Tom Oliver (Lou) as an on-screen grandfather?
"He's a lot of fun to work with. He doesn't take himself too seriously and he likes to have a bit of a muck around, but he's also very wise and very experienced so he's someone we can learn a lot from. Tom has a lot of interesting stories.

"It's the same with Colette Mann who plays Sheila - she's a mentor for me and I feel like I can take a lot from her. She's got a lot of experience to share."

How has Neighbours changed things for you? Is it life-changing?
"I'd say it's definitely life-changing. It's something that I've worked towards and when it finally happened, it was obviously very exciting. Working on a show such as Neighbours, there are people who have been there right from the beginning - both cast and crew. There's so much to learn from them, so it's a really good working environment to be in and I'm very lucky that I've had the chance to experience that."

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Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 in the UK, and weekdays at 6.30pm on Eleven in Australia.

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