DEDICATION PAYS OFF FOR ALYCE
TV beauty worked hard for stardom
At an early age, Alyce Platt, who plays fickle Amanda Morrell
in the Seven Network's Sons and Daughters, set her
sights on becoming an entertainer.
Now just 20, Alyce has achieved her goals through sheer hard
A former singer in a middle-of-the-road rock band, model and
entertainer in Daryl Somers' Hey, Hey It's Saturday!
and Hey, Hey It's Saturday Night!, Alyce scored her
first professional acting role in Sons and Daughters
one year ago.
"I was so excited when I got the part of Amanda because
acting was what I'd been working to achieve and it finally happened,"
she said. "I'd been auditioning for TV and film roles for
over two years and always was one of the final few but never
the one chosen."
Alyce will never forget her first day on the set of Sons
Besides being absolutely terrified, she was so embarrassed
because in her first four scenes she had to wear only a black
bra and panties. Furthermore, she had to kiss co-star Peter
"That was all I wore!" she exclaimed. "Nothing
else! Everybody felt so sorry for me and sympathised with me
and helped me. Peter and I had to appear in our underwear, but
Peter was lucky - he was required to put on a shirt after only
"Kissing him was embarrassing and the floor manager that
day played a prank on us. Instead of calling out 'cut', he let
the kissing scene continue until eventually I called out 'stop'.
"I was so nervous I can't remember what Peter's kiss was
like. I think he was a little bit nervous too because I was
new in the cast.
"I'd appeared in a kissing scene on stage but I wasn't
surrounded by men standing about and sitting at tables.
"I thought they were there to either just have a good
look or to judge my performance. I didn't know they were lighting
and stage guys!"
Since her terror-stricken start in television, Alyce has come
a long way.
"Basically, I'm more confident now because I know what
I'm doing, but I always ask the opinions of directors because
I want to learn and improve," she said.
One aspect of becoming a celebrity which Alyce finds hard to
handle is being recognised in the street.
"I think it's nice when people come up to me and want
to talk, but I feel sorry I can't reciprocate as much as they'd
like because I'm shy," she said.
"It's weird how some people come up to me and say: 'Hi,
I know you! I saw you the other night.'
"To think they're so familiar with my face that they're
so excited to see me, yet I don't know them, is strange. And
the fact that they know me as Amanda and not Alyce is an uncanny
Alyce, who has an English father, a chef, Australian mother
and two older brothers, 26 and 23, has always had family support
in her quest for a career in showbusiness.
At three, she sang and danced in stage plays at home in a make-shift
theatre in a garage. She used to ask all her uncles and aunties
to come and watch what she was doing and involve all of the
other kids around her area.
"My mother was a great influence on my career," she
said. "She would have liked to have done what I'm doing
so she has put all her energies into getting me where I am today."
After leaving school, Alyce sang with a rock band at night,
for a year-and-a-half, and during the day attended theatre workshops
and went for auditions.
Alyce's ambition is to land a singing-acting role.
Source: TV Week
Date: 9 June 1984