“I’d rather be having a croissant and a little espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City…
“I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more.”
Melissa George said those words to the Sun Herald‘s Christine Sams back in 2012.
The actress had just come off the set of The Morning Show, and was irritated that the hosts had wanted to talk only about her days on Home And Away, 16 years before. Sams was the first journalist she spoke to and George let off the kind of steam that would put a whole nation offside.
Australians love to see our own smashing goals in Hollywood. We will claim you as an Aussie long after your accent has faded and your passport's expired. But criticise your roots? Get too big for your boots? We are over you. You are dead to us. Let's hope you don't need us some time in the future, because hell, we wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire.
Right now, Melissa George is on fire.
She is a domestic violence victim. She is a mother of two tiny boys. She is unable to leave the country she's living in - France, excellent espressos and all - with her children. She is tied for life to John David Blanc, the man who knocked her out by pushing her head into a door and then smashing her face on a metal coat stand. The man who was supposed to love her who left her soiled, bloodied and bruised and vomiting into a Parisian police station bin at 3am.