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Sonia Kruger reminisces about her breakout role in Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom


Sonia Kruger reminisces about her breakout role in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom: ‘If it wasn’t for that movie I probably wouldn’t be in television today’

Sonia Kruger walked down memory lane on Monday as she recalled landing her breakout role in Strictly Ballroom. 

The television host played Tina Sparkle in the 1992 Baz Luhrmann-directed romantic comedy – and she has never looked back. 

‘It’s where his career started,’ the 56-year-old told Ben O’Shea on The West Live podcast of Luhrmann. 

Memoires: Sonia Kruger (pictured) walked down memory lane on Monday as she recalled landing her breakout role in Strictly Ballroom

Memoires: Sonia Kruger (pictured) walked down memory lane on Monday as she recalled landing her breakout role in Strictly Ballroom

‘And same with mine, too. If it wasn’t for that movie I probably wouldn’t be in television today,’ she added. 

Sonia explained how she landed a speaking role in the film after initially being cast as an extra due to her ballroom dancing background. 

‘I had heard through a friend of mine, that there was a moving being made about ballroom dancing,’ she said. 

Star: The television host played Tina Sparkle in the 1992 Baz Luhrmann-directed romantic comedy (pictured) - and she has never looked back

Star: The television host played Tina Sparkle in the 1992 Baz Luhrmann-directed romantic comedy (pictured) – and she has never looked back

‘And because I was at that point a professional dancer, I thought I know they’re gonna use me as an extra, but I would really like a role. So I went and found out who was casting it.’

Sonia worked out that the casting agent was Faith Martin, and went and knocked on her door. 

‘I said, “Hi I am Sonia, I would really like a role!” And she said, “Well there is this character, Tina Sparkle, but we aren’t casting it for another year. 

'It's where his career started,' the 56-year-old told Ben O'Shea on The West Live podcast of Luhrmann (pictured). 'And same with mine, too. If it wasn't for that movie I probably wouldn't be in television today'

‘It’s where his career started,’ the 56-year-old told Ben O’Shea on The West Live podcast of Luhrmann (pictured). ‘And same with mine, too. If it wasn’t for that movie I probably wouldn’t be in television today’

‘A year went by and I got a phone call to go and audition for Baz. So they were true to their word.’

The Voice Australia host said that when she spoke to Baz, who is in Cannes premiering his new Elvis biopic, this week, he told her she was ‘perfect’ for the role of clueless Tina Sparkle. 

‘And yet I only had six lines in the movie,’ Sonia said with a laugh. 

She explained that Baz replied: ‘Think about it, Brad Pitt only had six lines in Thelma and Louise and look what happened to him!’

Gumption: Sonia explained how she landed a speaking role in the film after initially being cast as an extra due to her ballroom dancing background

Gumption: Sonia explained how she landed a speaking role in the film after initially being cast as an extra due to her ballroom dancing background

In the comedy, Paul Mercurio stars as Scott Hastings, an Australian ballroom dancer who pairs with beginner-dancer Fran (Tara Morice) after his maverick style earns him the disdain of his conservative colleagues.

Together they set out to win the National Championship dancing title and show the Ballroom Confederation that they’re wrong when they say, ‘there are no new steps!’

Sonia was also a ballroom adviser in the movie and helped teach her fellow cast members how to dance.

Did well: Sonia worked out that the casting agent was Faith Martin, and went and knocked on her door. 'I said, "Hi I am Sonia, I would really like a role!" And she said, "Well there is this character, Tina Sparkle"' Sonia explained

Did well: Sonia worked out that the casting agent was Faith Martin, and went and knocked on her door. ‘I said, “Hi I am Sonia, I would really like a role!” And she said, “Well there is this character, Tina Sparkle”‘ Sonia explained 

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