Olympia Valance plays Paige Smith
When Olympia Valance was told she had scored a regular role on Neighbours as feisty Paige Novak in February, one of the first people she alerted was her famous older sister Holly, who launched her career on the popular series 15-years-ago.
The stunning 21-year-old, who has been modeling for a number of years, has nurtured a long desire to pursue acting attending drama schools since she was a teenager and still studies at the Melbourne Actor’s Lab.
"This is an amazing opportunity to learn from so many experienced actors and really hone my skills," said Olympia who is also working on several independent film projects.
The daughter of Greek and Serbian parents, Olympia, who was born and raised in Melbourne, is the third eldest of eight half-siblings and the step-daughter of Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool great Ross Wilson so music is also a big part of her life. Her younger sister Athina is an aspiring singer.
“We really are the modern family and I guess we’re not unlike a lot of the extended families represented on Neighbours so I already have an affinity with some of the characters," said Olympia.
With cooking being a big part of her cultural background, Olympia has a passion for food. In her downtime from the Neighbours set, she enjoys catching up with friends and trying new cuisines and restaurants that her hometown has to offer.