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Jessica Mauboy Planning A Career Change Away From Music

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It would be hard to top Jessica Mauboy's week.

She killed it singing with Keith Urban at last weekend's NRL Grand Final, then her first TV show, The Secret Daughter, premiered to nearly 900,000 viewers and she was nominated for the Best Female ARIA Award for the fifth time.

Well, they say it comes in threes but Mauboy isn't going to leave it at that.

The singer is practically buzzing with the acting bug and, having been in two films before - The Sapphires and Bran Nue Dae, is eyeing up the big screen for her next move.

"I'd love to do a lot more acting. I think that's something I've grown to be a lot more comfortable and confident in," Mauboy told AAP.

On the set of The Secret Daughter, Mauboy said she lapped up all the acting tips and lessons she could learn from her illustrious cast including veteran Aussie actors David Field, Rachel Gordon and Colin Friels.

"This time around I put my heart and everything that I know about the life that I've already walked into this project, story and character and made her come alive," she said.

"And I shared the stage with those pros who have been in that acting world and live and breathe it like I do in music . I had them right there beside me, showing me, and teaching me and sharing their knowledge."

Music is never far behind, though, with Mauboy's character Billie Carter performing as a pub singer in the show. It gave the singer a chance to create the soundtrack for the show including some Aussie classics from Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil.

It follows on from Mauboy's last acting experience in The Sapphires as a singer in a band entertaining the troops in Vietnam in the 1960s and before that in the musical Bran Nue Dae.

The acting bug has taken grip though and Mauboy feels ready now to take on a role without any musical leanings.

"I've thought about that a lot, just to be able to do something straight and put the music to the side," she said.

Mauboy even has a particular genre in mind.

"Something horror, a thriller kind of film," she said.

"I have to practise my screams, I reckon."


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