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Kylie Minogue admits “pressure” to reprise iconic Neighbors role

Kylie Minogue has admitted there was “quite a bit of pressure” for her to return to Neighbors for the upcoming finale.

The long-running Australian soap is due to come to an end after 37 years this August, with Kylie reprising her role of Charlene Robinson alongside on-screen husband Jason Donovan (Scott) following their last appearances over three decades ago.

Speaking on Late Night with Seth Meyersthe pop icon opened up about first landing her role on the show and its subsequent success.

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“I got this role in Neighbors, that was in 1986,” she recalled. “So I was only in the show for two and a half years. But it just exploded – England just went crazy about it. So it’s been with me ever since and it’s been a large part of how I entered into the music industry.

“The show was played twice a day, and people would bunk off school, they changed the office hours.”

Kylie then added: “They’re finishing the show, and there was quite a bit of pressure for me to go back, so I shot my scenes back in Australia.”

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The star also touched upon the return of fellow former star Guy Pearce (Mike Young), revealing that “he’s just filmed his little return as well, so we’re all going to cry”.

A few weeks ago, Kylie addressed her reasons for coming back to Ramsay Street, telling Glamour: “It’s just thank you [you] to the loyal fans who still remember those first few years of the show.”

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Show boss Jason Herbison previously revealed how easy it was to get Kylie and Jason on board, admitting to Inside Soap that “needed very little persuading at all – they both appreciate the show and the special role that it has played in their careers”.

“It’s a lovely show of respect to Neighbors, and I was thrilled when they said yes. It didn’t feel right to end the show without them,” he added.

Neighbors airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 and streams on My5. In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach and streams on 10 Play.

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