Gia Carides hints at potential ‘Strictly Ballroom’ sequel

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Australia’s beloved movie, Strictly Ballroom, might get a sequel if director Baz Luhrmann is on board, according to actor Gia Carides, as she stated in an interview with the Advertiser.

With a sequel to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in the works, Carides sees potential for Strictly Ballroom to return, expressing her excitement at the prospect. “I would be thrilled,” she says. “But whether Baz wants to do it is another question.”

“I’m shocked they can recognise me because I was platinum-blonde with blue contact lenses in that film. But they do completely recognise me because they love the movie, and they love to tell me. So that’s always a joy to hear. Never gets old,” she said in the interview.

The timeless appeal of Liz Holt, her twirling alter ego, is also a reminder of Carides’ sustained acting success as she approaches her 60th birthday.

According to the Advertiser, Carides who is currently starring in the ABC’s comedy Austin, reflected on her career’s longevity and the increasing opportunities for older women in entertainment.

In Austin, Carides plays Mel Hogan, the protective mother of Austin (Michael Theo), a neurodivergent man who suddenly turns up in the life of beloved British children’s book author Julian Hartswood (Ben Miller) as the son he never knew existed.

Born into an entertainment-loving Greek and English household, Carides and her older sister Zoe, who is also an actor, discovered their love of performing early, leading to more than five decades of acting success between them, while their younger sister, Danielle, pursued a career in music as a singer-songwriter.

Source: The Advertiser

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