Remember Lana from Neighbours? Actress Bridget Neval broke ground playing the first lesbian character on the show in 2004.
Our hearts broke for Lana when she received homophobic bullying at school, and we watched on as she shared the show’s first lesbian kiss with Sky, played by Stephanie McIntosh.
The Canadian Australian actress was also famous for her role as Elizabeth in the children’s series Wicked Science.
So what’s she up to now?
Turns out Bridget is pregnant!
She is also super real on twitter -
Bridget has also opened up on her website about what it was like to play the first lesbian character on the famous show:
“Same as playing a straight person, for me. If you’re acting, you often have to pretend to be attracted to someone you’re not. The idea of kissing a female actor didn’t gross me out or anything so I didn’t have any issues with it.
"The main thing that stood out for me about the acting part (as opposed to the subsequent publicity) was that Stephanie Mcintosh, the actress I was playing opposite, wasn’t as comfortable with the storyline as I was. She was completely thrilled that the subject was being tackled of course, but was taken aback by the fact that her character would be questioning her own sexuality. It was sprung on her very suddenly I think: I was the one who told her that our characters would be kissing.
“I totally understand her position: I knew I was playing a gay character and signed up for it, she didn’t. It did make it a little hard sometimes though because I had to play a character who was in love with Steph’s while trying to respect Steph’s personal boundaries and being aware that she wasn’t always entirely comfortable with the scenes. That said, she was always really lovely to me and tackled the storyline with everything she had.”
As for why she quit the biz, she explains, “Long story short, I wasn’t confident enough and didn’t like being in an industry that furthered the culture of giving high kudos to people who aren’t doing anything to better society/humanity.”
We’ve seen ‘Dee’ sort of return to Ramsay St this year, would you want to see Lana come back too? Let us know in our Facebook comments!