‘It’s in my blood’: Ada Nicodemou explains how her Cypriot upbringing inspires her acting

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“Vote for Ada Nicodemou! a small voice shouts in the background as Ada and I sit down for our exclusive phone conversation.

The Home and Away star instantly laughs and explains that the voice belongs to her 9-year-old son and “#1 campaign manager” Jonas.

What exactly is he campaigning for?

To help Ada win a TV Week Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress at this year’s 62nd Logie Awards for her longtime role as Leah Patterson on Home and Away.

Ada has been nominated three times for Logie, but she says this year’s nomination is very special for her castmates and her son.

“We work really hard, I really enjoy playing Leah, I love this show and I think it would be great for the show as well. My little boy would see me win a silver medal too, so I would love that for him because he’s so excited,” Ada says.

“All last year and in fact at the beginning of the year, he keeps saying, ‘Mom, are you going to be nominated for gold or silver?’ and I say, ‘Dude, that’s not gonna happen.’ So I really didn’t expect it. It’s a real honor.

“Performance was in my blood”:

The honor comes as no surprise as Ada always had star power from an early age, growing up in Sydney’s southwestern suburb of Minto with her Cypriot migrant parents and younger brother.

“Growing up, we would go to the big Greek dances and mom would lose me for a second and I would have managed to get on stage, ask the band for the mic and say a Greek poem or sing a song or just have a little chat,” explains L ‘actress.

Ada has always loved acting.

“She was always mortified because I was so confident. Even when people came for big Greek parties at the house, I would arrange everyone to sit down and do a dance for them or some sort performance. So I think performance was just in my blood.

Despite this, no one in Ada’s family expected her to become an actress. It wasn’t until many auditions and years of studying at the Johnny Young Talent School that she was finally cast as Katerina Ioannou on ABC1. Raised from heartache In 1994.

Later, she also had leading roles in police rescue and circuit breakersbefore joining the cast of Home and Away in 2000. She has now played the beloved character Leah for 22 years.

Ada as Leah in Home and Away.

Ada says that career trajectory wasn’t always supported by her family at first, but things are different now.

“When mom saw the first episode of Raised from heartache, she hated it. She just didn’t want to watch it and she wouldn’t talk to me for a week because my character was pretty racy and she just wasn’t happy that her little girl was on screen,” Ada says laughing. .

“But now she loves it and I haven’t stopped playing since.”

‘Joy of my life’:

That being said, I just had to ask Ada what she considered the key to her success. His answer clearly shows the strong influence of his Cypriot heritage on his acting.

“My longevity on Home and Away has a lot to do with my upbringing,” the actress said.

“I have a very strong work ethic. My parents had growing businesses, we weren’t the kids who went on vacation or to our friends. We were at the store every school holiday, on Saturdays I worked. I’ve always worked, so it’s just in my blood and that’s what I know.

But what about its future? Does Ada still plan to work as an actress in the long term?

“I don’t see myself leaving Home and Away anytime soon. I’m really happy on the show and really focused on raising my son…I love spending time with him,” Ada says.

“He’s just the joy of my life. It’s my number one job.

As we end our phone call and I can hear a distinct laugh from Jonas in the background, I can just tell that she’s the joy of his life too.

Live voting for all of the most popular awards, including the Gold Logie, is now open until June 19. Fans can vote for Ada here: tvweeklogiesvote.com.

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