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Don't label me another Kylie; INTERVIEW: Alyce Platt.

Ever since Kylie Minogue first warbled her way into the charts, other Australian soap stars have been eager to follow.

The latest is Neighbours actress Alyce Platt. Only she wants more than a singalong pop career.

Her ambition, she says, is to be the next Alanis Morissette, the million- selling Canadian singer.

"I know everyone in Neighbours has a crack at being a singer, but I was doing it a long time before I was in a soap," says 30-year-old Alyce, who plays Jen Handley.

"I'm very serious about my music and I don't intend to be a one-hit wonder."

In Australia, she has been on tour with the all-girl group, The Chantoosies, and has since formed her own band.

Alyce flies back Down Under this week to record her first album with a top record producer.

All the songs are her own and she's hoping the album and a single will be ready for release early next year.

"I'm told my music is evocative and soulful - that's why I fancy being the next Alanis Morissette," she says.

"I know it's going to be a struggle because people are going to think I'm just getting on the Neighbours bandwagon.

"The show means people will know who I am. But the downside is that fans could think I'm just trying to be another Kylie, which I'm definitely not."

Alyce has already left Neighbours in Australia, and she bows out of the UK shows this autumn when her on-off screen relationship with Philip Martin (Ian Rawlings) finally breaks down.

In today's episode, she confesses to Philip that she has been snogging another man.

She laughs: "In the end, I don't think the scriptwriters knew what to do with me."

They've finally decided that when Jen leaves Ramsay Street it will be to pursue an art scholarship.

Like her on-screen character, Alyce - who lives in Melbourne with her sculptor boyfriend Nick Brunner - has an artistic streak.

As well as song writing and acting, she paints.

Last year, her work was exhibited. She describes it as abstract expressionism.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Malins, Sue
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 1996
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