Lilly Van der Meer at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Lilly Van der Meer at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Picture: Glenn Hampson

Is Lilly the next Margot Robbie?

GOLD Coast actor Lilly Van der Meer has revealed her ­recent struggle to feel creatively fulfilled by her work on Neighbours.

The 18-year-old rising star, who plays Xanthe Canning on the hit soap, told The Courier-Mail she felt as though her character's journey repeated itself rather than developed throughout the year.

Neighbours star_Lilly Van der Meer is back on the Gold Coast with family during the festive season.
Neighbours star_Lilly Van der Meer is back on the Gold Coast with family during the festive season.

"It (this year) definitely had its challenges," she said.

"With the storylines, it was about trying to stay creative.

"It was an interesting start to the year with storylines but then, as an actor, that interest kind of dropped off.

"But hopefully it picks up again next year."

Van der Meer, who has been dubbed "the next Margot Robbie", is holidaying at home on the Gold Coast to relax and recharge for 2018.

"I have missed surfing with my friends and hanging out at the beach," she said.

"I love sitting on the balcony, watching the surf, having an acai bowl and relaxing.

"I have had a big year so it's great to get back home to my roots."

Van der Meer, who moved from Queensland to Melbourne for Neighbours in 2015, also made her major modelling debut in a campaign for Novo Shoes this year - an experience she said "got my creativity back".

Lilly Van Der Meer says despite some success in the modelling industry, she didn’t enjoy the work as much as acting.
Lilly Van Der Meer says despite some success in the modelling industry, she didn’t enjoy the work as much as acting.

Despite enjoying the change of pace, she had "no interest" in pursuing a career in the industry.

"It (modelling) is not my vibe or my scene," she said.

"It was fun and exciting, and seeing a life-size poster of myself in the city was surreal, but it's not something I would focus all my time and energy on."

Van der Meer said acting remained her "number one priority" and she was thankful for the opportunities she was given this year.


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