Sam Frost is getting some icy reception over her Home and Away casting. The reality TV star, however, would not let haters ruin her career. The leading lady of The Bachelorette Australia 2015 has hit back at her critics after receiving backlash over her role in the Australian soap.
Frost took to Instagram to stress why she deserves a place on Australia’s long-running soap. She shared a photo with the words “Be BRAVE.” She captioned it with: “I am not afraid to challenge myself, to push through barriers. I work incredibly hard professionally and personally to constantly grow, learn and evolve. I have chosen to live my life embracing opportunities and challenges with open arms. It may work, it may not… but at least I can say I was brave enough to give it a shot.”
Acting Coaches Slammed Sam Frost’s Role in Home and Away
Channel Seven announced this week that Frost will be joining Home and Away. Soon after, fans began sharing their thoughts about the casting. Some are happy for the former radio personality. Others slammed the decision and said it was an “insult to trained actors.”
Among those who are not pleased with Channel Seven’s decision to include Frost in Home and Away is Australian acting coach Brendan Glanville. The artistic director of Australian Acting Academy admitted that Frost could have a “natural ability” in acting. However, he believes that Frost’s casting was simply a stunt to create publicity for the show.
“To me, it demonstrates that Home and Away has lost faith in its writers if directors are resorting to this kind of stunt, rather than using their storylines to pull viewers,” he told Courier-Mail. “This is what’s known as “jumping the shark”, in other words attempting to create publicity for something that is perceived as not warranting the attention, especially something that is believed to be past its peak.”
Acting coach Paul O’Brien agreed with Glanville. O’Brien said Frost got the role because she is a famous TV personality, not necessarily because of her acting talent. “By being a personality it means people know your brand, they know your product, and they know where you fit,” he said in a video on Facebook.
The actor played the role of Jack Holden in Home and Away from 2005 to 2008. He also dated Frost in 2011 before her rise to fame on Australia’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
How Sam Frost Lands a Role in Home and Away?
Frost earlier revealed that she had gone through the same audition process as everyone else before he landed a role in Home and Away. Channel Seven said Frost was chosen because she impressed everyone during her audition despite her lack of acting credentials.
“Sam’s audition blew us away. There is a very special something about actors, they are born with a gift of being able to bring to life words off a page. In joining the cast of Home and Away, Sam will be in great company and is about to enjoy a wonderful phase of her career,” a spokesperson told news.com.au.
Channel Seven’s head of drama Julie McGauran added that Frost’s “natural ease” in front of the camera makes her a great addition to the Summer Bay family. Frost will start filming anytime soon. However, Home and Away viewers will not see her on screen until next year.
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I am not afraid to challenge myself, to push through barriers. I work incredibly hard professionally & personally to constantly grow, learn and evolve. I have chosen to live my life embracing opportunities & challenges with open arms. It may work, it may not… but at least I can say I was brave enough to give it a shot.