Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Singer, Model, Click
Currently Known For:
Spring Break '83
1999 - Present
December 14, 1979
Singer, Model, Click
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"Let's be honest, I don't think anyone ever wants to settle down in Hollywood. It's a place you go to work."
Whether you know Sophie Monk as an actress, singer or media personality, chances are you get what the big deal is. With her winning looks, charming personality and beautiful voice, Sophie Monk is one of those girls who doesn't quite fit into one category or another, but she has the it-factor, so she does a little bit of everything.
From London to Queensland
Like Mel Gibson before her, although Sophie is regarded as an Australian celebrity, she was actually born elsewhere. Where Mel Gibson spent his early years in New York, Monk was actually born in London on December 14, 1979. She was around two years old when the family picked up and moved to her father's native Australia, settling on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Monk was educated at Helensvale Primary, St. Hilda's, Somerset College, AB Paterson, and MacGregor High, along with studying opera. Sophie's first taste of the spotlight was working at Warner Brothers Movie World (sort of a Universal Studios down under) as a celebrity impersonator, cashing in on her resemblance to none other than Marilyn Monroe.
In 1999, Monk made her way to Popstars (1999), an Australian talent show with a hook: They weren't just promising a recording contract, but a spot in a new girl group, Bardot. In full Monroe-mode, Monk auditioned with "Happy Birthday Mister President," and wound up making it into the group by the end of the season.
Some talent show winners come and go, others stick around. Bardot stuck around. The group's debut single, "Poison," hit number one on the Australian charts, and the album, Bardot (2000), was the top selling album. The next year, Bardot started to distance themselves from the showrunners of Popstar, striking out in their own creative direction, and debuting their second album, Play It Like That (2001), at number sixteen, winning a gold record. The band had a powerful but short run, disbanding on friendly terms in 2002 to allow the girls to pursue their own solo careers, a chance that Monk jumped on.
In 2002, Monk had a contract with Warner Music Australia, launching her new solo career with "Inside Outside" (2002), peaking at number five on the singles chart with more than thirty five thousand sales. Monk's musical career was on a roll, but by now she was ready to start branching out into acting.
From Impersonator to Actress
Though Monk was already a superstar in the world of pop music, she would have to start all over again in the world of acting. She debuted in the TV movie The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) playing, who else, Marilyn Monroe. The role was small, but helped Monk to branch out to a new audience. She had a number of small film roles following her debut, including a part in the Adam Sandler feature Click (2006).
"I'm a huge fan of Adam Sandler and used to have Adam Sandler nights when I was younger. And he's so funny on the set."
While Monk has had little trouble landing small roles in films like The Hills Run Red (2008) and Blood Feast (2015), she has expressed some frustration that she's yet to really land that big leading part, even after producing five TV pilots.
She has had no such hurdles as a media personality, of course. In Australia and beyond she remains a beloved TV personality, featuring on Nine Network as a special guest presenter for the travel series Getaway (2010), serving as a judge on the FOX dating-show spin-off of The Voice, The Choice (2012), joining up with Kelly Osbourne as a host on Australia's Got Talent (2015), and looking for love on The Bachelorette Australia (2017). She features regularly on the KIIS 1065 radio show, The Kyle and Jackie O Show, and regularly hosts events for the station. She has also had several appearances on the covers of men's magazines like Maxim and FHM, making the former's Hot 100 list multiple times.
While Sophie Monk has all the fame and success you could ask for, she still feels that she has something to prove in the entertainment world, hoping to transcend her status as a reality TV star and one-time pop singer in order to make her mark as an actress, valued for her talent, not just her beauty. It just goes to show that no matter how rich and famous you might be, we all want to reach that next level.
"I don't want to be a reality TV star, that's not for me."