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'I AM STARSTRUCK'S 2013 FLASHBACKS - PACKED TO THE RAFTERS ENDS

In this pic:  A phenomenal era of Australian television well and truly came to an end when Channel 7’s ‘Packed To The Rafters’ finished earlier this year.  We filmed our own Rafters tribute, check it out HERE.  It’s great to hear that many of the stars are moving onto some exciting new projects.  We’ll keep you posted in 2014!

What a year 2013 has been! 
Not only has the bevy of A-List dramas and excitement continued in tinsel town, but ‘I Am Starstruck’ has had a phenomenal, action packed year itself!
From interviewing Home and Away and Big Brother babes to hitting the red carpet at the 2013 ARIA & AACTA Awards, we’ve delivered you the hottest celeb goss fresh off the press when it comes to Aussie celebs, with a bonus side serving of juicy Hollywood news aswell!
Now that the year is coming to an end, we’re taking a look at some of our fave celeb pics and memories over the last 12 months - enjoy!
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'I AM STARSTRUCK'S 2013 FLASHBACKS - PACKED TO THE RAFTERS ENDS

In this pic:  A phenomenal era of Australian television well and truly came to an end when Channel 7’s ‘Packed To The Rafters’ finished earlier this year.  We filmed our own Rafters tribute, check it out HERE.  It’s great to hear that many of the stars are moving onto some exciting new projects.  We’ll keep you posted in 2014!

What a year 2013 has been! 

Not only has the bevy of A-List dramas and excitement continued in tinsel town, but ‘I Am Starstruck’ has had a phenomenal, action packed year itself!

From interviewing Home and Away and Big Brother babes to hitting the red carpet at the 2013 ARIA & AACTA Awards, we’ve delivered you the hottest celeb goss fresh off the press when it comes to Aussie celebs, with a bonus side serving of juicy Hollywood news aswell!

Now that the year is coming to an end, we’re taking a look at some of our fave celeb pics and memories over the last 12 months - enjoy!

Image Source: Yahoo!7

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MOVEMBER SPECIAL: THE SEXIEST AUSSIE CELEB MO’S - RYAN CORR
If you’ve been noticing the male species sporting extra hair this month, fret not, it’s all for a good cause.
Movember encourages men to grow a moustache during November in a bid to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.
According to the official Movember website:

"During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health."

Since today was the last day of Movember, we thought we’d take a look at some of our fave Aussie male celebs who look drop dead hot with a mo.
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little bit of facial hair here and there?  Hello fierce sex god, we’d like to run our hands through that!
Enjoy!
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MOVEMBER SPECIAL: THE SEXIEST AUSSIE CELEB MO’S - RYAN CORR

If you’ve been noticing the male species sporting extra hair this month, fret not, it’s all for a good cause.

Movember encourages men to grow a moustache during November in a bid to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

According to the official Movember website:

"During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health."

Since today was the last day of Movember, we thought we’d take a look at some of our fave Aussie male celebs who look drop dead hot with a mo.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little bit of facial hair here and there?  Hello fierce sex god, we’d like to run our hands through that!

Enjoy!

Image Source: Wicked Science Blogspot

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2013 WHO MAGAZINE SEXIEST PEOPLE PARTY - GEORGE HOUVARDAS & LUKE JACOBZ
Funny is sexy and Rafters fave George Houvardas certainly proves it.  And his mate Luke is a host of the X Factor, which means he automatically has the SEX factor!
Let’s talk about sexy with a capital S! 
Who magazine knows just where to find the sizzling stars to get our hotness radar on fire… and the proof is in its latest issue (the SEXIEST PEOPLE issue)!
An array of extremely genetically blessed and super charismatic celebrities oozed their sex appeal at the mag’s exclusive party on Wednesday night.
The cover stars this year are the seriously sexy X Factor judges Nat Bass, Dannii Minogue, Redfoo and Ronan Keating.
Image Source: Big Kiss X Photography (Check them out here)

2013 WHO MAGAZINE SEXIEST PEOPLE PARTY - GEORGE HOUVARDAS & LUKE JACOBZ

Funny is sexy and Rafters fave George Houvardas certainly proves it.  And his mate Luke is a host of the X Factor, which means he automatically has the SEX factor!

Let’s talk about sexy with a capital S! 

Who magazine knows just where to find the sizzling stars to get our hotness radar on fire… and the proof is in its latest issue (the SEXIEST PEOPLE issue)!

An array of extremely genetically blessed and super charismatic celebrities oozed their sex appeal at the mag’s exclusive party on Wednesday night.

The cover stars this year are the seriously sexy X Factor judges Nat Bass, Dannii Minogue, Redfoo and Ronan Keating.

Image Source: Big Kiss X Photography (Check them out here)

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UP UP & AWAY - JESS MARAIS FLIES HIGH FOR ‘PLANES’ PREMIERE

Hands up if you’ve missed ‘Rafters’ beauty Jessica Marais?

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Aussie stunner strut the red carpet, but last weekend the actress changed that.

Marais plays the voice of Australian plane Rochelle in the new ‘Cars’ animated spin off, ‘Planes’.  So it was publicity time as the Logie award winner posed on the red carpet at the premiere which was, can you believe it, in a PLANE up in the air!

'I never imagined I would be going to a premiere on a plane.. It's something new and different and breaks the monotony of the sort of red carpet humdrum' said Marais according to Sky News.

Planes will be hitting Aussie screens on September 19 - will you be checking it out?

Image Source: Canberra Times

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UP UP & AWAY - JESS MARAIS FLIES HIGH FOR ‘PLANES’ PREMIERE

Hands up if you’ve missed ‘Rafters’ beauty Jessica Marais?

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Aussie stunner strut the red carpet, but last weekend the actress changed that.

Marais plays the voice of Australian plane Rochelle in the new ‘Cars’ animated spin off, ‘Planes’.  So it was publicity time as the Logie award winner posed on the red carpet at the premiere which was, can you believe it, in a PLANE up in the air!

'I never imagined I would be going to a premiere on a plane.. It's something new and different and breaks the monotony of the sort of red carpet humdrum' said Marais according to Sky News.

Planes will be hitting Aussie screens on September 19 - will you be checking it out?

Image Source: Sky News 

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2013 HELPMANN AWARDS - HUGH SHERIDAN
The 13th Annual Helpmann Awards were held at Sydney’s Opera House last night.
Run by Live Performance Australia, the event celebrates talent in local theatre and performance and as per usual attracted a star studded guest list.
Eddie Perfect of ‘Offspring’ fame and Christie Whelan-Browne hosted the awards, and were joined by the likes of Sarah Murdoch, Hugh Sheridan, Tina Arena and Elizabeth Debicki on the red carpet.
Here are some of the hottest shots for your viewing pleasure.
Image Source: Zimbio/Getty 

EXCITEMENT ALERT - Editor Leeshie has been nominated in the 2013 Mamamia Most Clickable Women Awards! Voting oting opens at 9am on Monday 29th July and ends 11:59pm on Friday 2nd August.  We’d love your support so click HERE to check out Leeshie’s profile and vote! x

2013 HELPMANN AWARDS - HUGH SHERIDAN

The 13th Annual Helpmann Awards were held at Sydney’s Opera House last night.

Run by Live Performance Australia, the event celebrates talent in local theatre and performance and as per usual attracted a star studded guest list.

Eddie Perfect of ‘Offspring’ fame and Christie Whelan-Browne hosted the awards, and were joined by the likes of Sarah Murdoch, Hugh Sheridan, Tina Arena and Elizabeth Debicki on the red carpet.

Here are some of the hottest shots for your viewing pleasure.

Image Source: Zimbio/Getty 

EXCITEMENT ALERT - Editor Leeshie has been nominated in the 2013 Mamamia Most Clickable Women Awards! Voting oting opens at 9am on Monday 29th July and ends 11:59pm on Friday 2nd August.  We’d love your support so click HERE to check out Leeshie’s profile and vote! x

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'I'M SO EXCITED' AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - HUGH SHERIDAN
The Melbourne Film Festival kicked off last week a star studded premiere of new flick ‘I’m So Excited’.
The movie directed by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar attracted the likes of ‘Offspring’ star Asher Keddie, ‘Winners And Losers’ sweethearts Melanie Vallejo and Zoe Tuckwell-Smith and former ‘Rafters’ babe Hugh Sheridan to the red carpet.
Here are the hot shots for your viewing pleasure.

EXCITEMENT ALERT - Editor Leeshie has been nominated in the 2013 Mamamia Most Clickable Women Awards! Voting oting opens at 9am on Monday 29th July and ends 11:59pm on Friday 2nd August.  We’d love your support so click HERE to check out Leeshie’s profile and vote! x

Image Source: Zimbio/Getty 

'I'M SO EXCITED' AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - HUGH SHERIDAN

The Melbourne Film Festival kicked off last week a star studded premiere of new flick ‘I’m So Excited’.

The movie directed by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar attracted the likes of ‘Offspring’ star Asher Keddie, ‘Winners And Losers’ sweethearts Melanie Vallejo and Zoe Tuckwell-Smith and former ‘Rafters’ babe Hugh Sheridan to the red carpet.

Here are the hot shots for your viewing pleasure.

EXCITEMENT ALERT - Editor Leeshie has been nominated in the 2013 Mamamia Most Clickable Women Awards! Voting oting opens at 9am on Monday 29th July and ends 11:59pm on Friday 2nd August.  We’d love your support so click HERE to check out Leeshie’s profile and vote! x

Image Source: Zimbio/Getty 

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ZOE VENTOURA’S HOT NEW ROLE 
'Packed To The Rafters' fans will be stoked to hear that another major cast member has a landed a new acting role.
Zoe Ventoura who departed the Aussie series in 2011 to try her luck in Hollywood, has now been cast in new action flick ‘Hard Drive’.
Being shot in Queensland, the film also stars John Cusack and Thomas Jane who play an American thief and former F1 champion respectively.
Zoe will be swapping her girl next door Rafters persona for a super hot agent in this movie.
Image Source: IMDB

ZOE VENTOURA’S HOT NEW ROLE 

'Packed To The Rafters' fans will be stoked to hear that another major cast member has a landed a new acting role.

Zoe Ventoura who departed the Aussie series in 2011 to try her luck in Hollywood, has now been cast in new action flick ‘Hard Drive’.

Being shot in Queensland, the film also stars John Cusack and Thomas Jane who play an American thief and former F1 champion respectively.

Zoe will be swapping her girl next door Rafters persona for a super hot agent in this movie.

Image Source: IMDB

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VIDEO: ‘I AM STARSTRUCK’S PACKED TO THE RAFTERS’ TRIBUTE

It’s an emotional day for not only the Australian television industry but every Australian at home who has supported local drama.

My eyes are tearing as I write this post and I’ve decided to keep typing, because the subject I am addressing is something I’d like to talk about candidly.

Tonight marks the final episode of Channel 7’s ‘Packed To The Rafters’… LAST.FINAL.LIKE FOREVER!

All dedicated ‘I Am Starstruck’ readers will know that supporting local Australian content is my number one priority.  So it’s no surprise that I love watching shows like ‘Offspring’ and ‘House Husbands’ which are the most recent examples of sheerly brilliant Aussie TV.

But one show that will always resonate with me and will never be replaced is ‘Packed To The Rafters’.

Why?  Because I’ve never seen anything like it before and I attribute a lot of this to the choice of cast.

Beginning in 2008, ‘Packed To The Rafters’ not only brought Aussie TV veterans including Rebecca Gibney and Michael Caton back on our screens, but launched the careers of budding talents Hugh Sheridan, Jessica Marais and George Houvardas.

The story lines were captivating and relatable for Australians, and it is a massive credit to the excellent production team for combining these compelling story lines with a stellar cast who could portray the emotions realistically.

I began watching the show before ‘I Am Starstruck’ was established and whilst there are so many Rafters memories that I’m deeply fond of, I’d like to share a few of my favourites that happened in those pre-I Am Starstruck days… when I was purely a Ben-loving, Rachel-girl crushing Rafters fan (no doubt I still am, but I also get to enjoy the perks now of interviewing these stars from time to time).

FAVE RAFTERS MEMORIES:

When it all began

Does anyone else remember Julie Rafter in a bathtub in the first episode? “Ahh bliss” is what she said, and I’ve been using that phrase ever since.

Carbo put me in stitches, I was instantly in love with Ben and well Rachel intimidated me at first.. little did I know I’d soon become her biggest fan.

Sexual sparks fly between Rachel & Jake 

There is nothing more fun to watch than some sizzling sexual tension brewing between too super hot characters on screen.  

By this stage, I was starting to love Rachel more and more, and when it was finally the “Ladies Day” episode and Rachel and Jake have fish and chips together after the footy, I just grabbed the remote with my mouth open and then said.. “Wow, Rachel Rafter is so damn gorgeous!  Yes she has blue eyes and really pretty earrings that I want so I better email the Channel 7 costume department, but wow her character is quite raw, driven and heart warming… Forget loving Jake, I just want to be Rachel!”

And que the birth of my Rachel Rafter girl crush - I was head over heels for all of her onscreen style and hilarious antics and this soon extended offscreen to her portrayer Jessica Marais.

Ben and Melissa tie the knot

I’m speaking very candidly once again - if there is one man I’d have to say I’d like to marry, it would be Ben Rafter.  

Forget Zac Efron and his drop dead gorgeous looks because all I know about Zachary is his smooth talking red carpet persona.

Ben on the other hand - well I don’t know where to start (this must be true love because I am speechless)!  

I was stoked to see Ben and Melissa finally tie the knot - they were one of those care free couples so content with the best that they brought out in each other.  It was a rather beautiful union and something I aspired to.

RIP Melissa Rafter

This is not my favourite Rafters moment.  It actually epitomises my Rafters HEARTBREAK.

It had the greatest impact on me in the show’s history and thus I’m concluding with it.

I just mentioned that the Ben/Mel relationship was so joyful to watch and to see it torn apart on our screens in such a tragic manner was shattering.

I hyperventilated on my couch when innocent Ben with a rose in his mouth learnt of his wife’s death.

I also cried five times louder the following episode when he was shaking at her funeral.

There were news articles written at the time about some fans slipping into a form of ‘depression’ after Melissa Rafter’s death, and this was because the writers, producers and actors all worked phenomenally to create a TV family that we literally thought was our own… No one wants a part of their family taken away from them.

I’d like to make a special mention to my good friend Melissa (coincidence much) who took me out for coffee one afternoon and let me talk about my favourite Melissa Rafter memories.  We also then spent an hour googling wedding dress frocks that looked like Mel Rafter’s.

And now it’s time to say goodbye

What an essay I just wrote, but also what a show this was and is - it deserves such a lengthy tribute.

I’m super excited to hear that a lot of the stars are going on to exciting new projects - Hugh Sheridan is to star in new drama ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ whilst Zoe Cramond spoke to me last week about her new project (watch our interview here).

I’ve filmed a video tribute to ‘Packed To The Rafters’ above which I’d love you to watch and I shall end with this:

Cheers to Australia’s favourite TV family.

Cheers to an era of phenomenal Australian television.

xx Leeshie 

Note: To view video, please click into post in top left hand corner

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUGH SHERIDAN
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUGH SHERIDAN

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CUTE: JESSICA MARAIS’ MINI ME

This week has been consumed with an abundance of Rafters chatter as the Logie award winning show comes to an end.

But seeing this super cute shot of former ‘Packed To The Rafters’ star Jessica Marais with daughter Scout Edie definitely made us crack a smile.  This cutie can give Suri Cruise a run for her money - cue our warm and fuzzy sighs of affection.

Scout Edie turned one on 9th May earlier this year.

We can’t wait to see Jess in new television projects ‘Love Child’ and ‘Carlotta’.

Image Source: Media Mode via Who Magazine 

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EXCLUSIVE - CATHERINE MACK & ZOE CRAMOND WORKING ON NEW TV SHOW

'Packed To The Rafters' is coming to an end… we know, we know, this isn't easy for us either and Leeshie will be writing an in depth post about it very soon.

Along with the departure of our favourite Aussie TV family comes the loss of some spectacular onscreen talent!

But great news has been rolling in - last week we reported that Rafters fave Hugh Sheridan had been cast in new Channel 7 show ‘INXS’, and now we can reveal that his onscreen, on and off love interest Zoe Cramond is working on a new show as well.

And wait for it Aussie TV fans… this new project of Zoe’s is being produced in collaboration with ‘Home And Away’ starlet Catherine Mack who is leaving the Channel 7 drama.

I Am Starstruck’ caught up with the two actresses earlier this week at the ‘Man Of Steel’ Australian premiere where they revealed their new television plans post Rafters and Summer Bay.

When asked about any new projects to follow her one year ‘Home And Away’ stint, Catherine said, “we’re actually working on a series together that we’re writing”.

Zoe added, ”yeh we’re writing something together”.

More details are yet to emerge with Catherine promising that “you’ll hear more about that soon”.

We are super stoked to hear about this new show and will keep you posted on more details as they come!

You can watch our chat with the gorgeous actresses HERE !

Image Source: I Am Starstruck 

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'MAN OF STEEL' AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - ZOE CRAMOND
Last night saw George Street’s Event Cinemas transform into a star studded venue for the Australian Premiere of ‘Man Of Steel’.
Russell Crowe, director Zack Snyder and the man of steel himself, Henry Cavill, walked the sleek, black carpet to celebrate the new superman blockbuster.
And a true red carpet down under is not complete without some home grown hotties…
So we were super stoked to see Dan Ewing, Nic Westaway, Lincoln Younes and Catherine Mack of ‘Home and Away’ fame, as well as Rafters star Zoe Cramond, model Jesinta Campbell, Australia’s Got Talent Judge Timomatic, the gorgeous Bindi Irwin and many more strut the carpet.
'I Am Starstruck' was there to catch all of the action and to get up close and personal with the man of steel himself.
Check out our interviews with the international cast and your fave Aussie celebs HERE !
FYI: Stay tuned - we got your fave Aussie stars to strike their ultimate superman pose and we’ll be bringing you an action packed pictorial bonanza very soon!
Image Source: Zimbio/Getty

'MAN OF STEEL' AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - ZOE CRAMOND

Last night saw George Street’s Event Cinemas transform into a star studded venue for the Australian Premiere of ‘Man Of Steel’.

Russell Crowe, director Zack Snyder and the man of steel himself, Henry Cavill, walked the sleek, black carpet to celebrate the new superman blockbuster.

And a true red carpet down under is not complete without some home grown hotties…

So we were super stoked to see Dan Ewing, Nic Westaway, Lincoln Younes and Catherine Mack of ‘Home and Away’ fame, as well as Rafters star Zoe Cramond, model Jesinta Campbell, Australia’s Got Talent Judge Timomatic, the gorgeous Bindi Irwin and many more strut the carpet.

'I Am Starstruck' was there to catch all of the action and to get up close and personal with the man of steel himself.

Check out our interviews with the international cast and your fave Aussie celebs HERE !

FYI: Stay tuned - we got your fave Aussie stars to strike their ultimate superman pose and we’ll be bringing you an action packed pictorial bonanza very soon!

Image Source: Zimbio/Getty

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MAGAZINE COVER OF THE DAY - TV WEEK (ERIC THOMSON, HUGH SHERIDAN, REBECCA GIBNEY & ANGUS MCLAREN)

It was once Australia’s highest rating television drama, launching the careers of Logie winners Hugh Sheridan and Jessica Marais…

Now Channel 7’s ‘Packed To The Rafters’ is coming to an end and we will be saying goodbye to Australia’s favourite TV family.

Stay tuned for Leeshie’s upcoming post about it!

Image Source: TV Week 

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HUGH SHERIDAN RETURNS FOR BOY BAND DRAMA
Rafters fans rejoice!
Hugh Sheridan of ‘Packed To The Rafters’ fame is returning to Aussie screens as a part of new television mini series “Never Tear Us Apart”.
The series is a biopic of iconic Australian band INXS and Sheridan will play bassist Garry Gary Beers.
Joining the Logie award winning actor in the cast is “Underground: The Julian Assange Story” star Alex Williams, Winners and Losers star Luke Arnold and ‘Offspring’s Ido Drent.
Being shot in Melbourne, the series will give viewers an insight into the band’s successful years of stardom in the 1980s and 1990s.
Take a look at the pic above which highly resembles an original shot taken by the real band during their peak of stardom.
Image Source: Herald Sun

HUGH SHERIDAN RETURNS FOR BOY BAND DRAMA

Rafters fans rejoice!

Hugh Sheridan of ‘Packed To The Rafters’ fame is returning to Aussie screens as a part of new television mini series “Never Tear Us Apart”.

The series is a biopic of iconic Australian band INXS and Sheridan will play bassist Garry Gary Beers.

Joining the Logie award winning actor in the cast is “Underground: The Julian Assange Story” star Alex Williams, Winners and Losers star Luke Arnold and ‘Offspring’s Ido Drent.

Being shot in Melbourne, the series will give viewers an insight into the band’s successful years of stardom in the 1980s and 1990s.

Take a look at the pic above which highly resembles an original shot taken by the real band during their peak of stardom.

Image Source: Herald Sun

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