De Gouw set to wow in US

Access All Areas, The West Australian January 14, 2012, 8:50 pm
De Gouw set to wow in US

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Like Melissa George, Jessica Marais and Isla Fisher before her, Perth actress Jessica De Gouw is poised to make the leap from the Aussie small screen to Hollywood.

The 23-year-old former Lesmurdie High School student will make her way to Tinsel Town later this month following three weeks of rest and catching up with friends and family at home in Perth over the festive season.

Last year, following the completion of her studies at Curtin University, De Gouw landed her first roles on a major television series - Nine's Underbelly: Razor and ABC's Crownies.

"Moving to that next stage of the size of the production and the money involved and the pace - the pace is unlike anything I've ever done before," she says of her role as Constable Edie McElroy on the fourth instalment in the Underbelly franchise.

"Because it's a period drama there was just that whole other level - the costumes and the make-up and then the sets were incredible."

De Gouw, whose agents are Nerida Moore and Theresa Huska from RGM WA, is believed to have also filmed a role on Jane Turner and Gina Riley's new movie The Kath and Kim Filum.

While her IMBD page lists it on her filmography, the starlet remains tight-lipped.

"I can't talk about it but I have been involved in a major Australian film that just wrapped recently," she says.

Like her fellow Perth actresses George, Marais and Fisher, De Gouw has landed management in LA and will hit the audition circuit for pilot season.

"A friend and I are going together and we're subletting an apartment in Hollywood," she says

Before she jets off, De Gouw, who Girlfriend magazine named as "one to watch" in 2012, will film a small role on Nine show Tricky Business.

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