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A SOLIHULL actress is making it big in the States with a leading role in sell-out musical Wicked.

Jeanna de Waal, aged 23, had already starred in West End Queen hit We Will Rock You - when, two years ago, she decided to fly out to try her luck on the other side of the Atlantic.

Jeanna de Waal, aged 23, had already starred in West End Queen hit We Will Rock You - when, two years ago, she decided to fly out to try her luck on the other side of the Atlantic.

But after bagging lead roles in American Idiot, the Green Day musical, Carrie, Rocky Horror and now Glinda in Wicked, Jeanna’s proving it takes good fortune and talent to be an acting success.

“My dad always says luck is ‘when preparation meets opportunity,’ which I think he got from Oprah,” said the ex-Martin’s pupil, whose dad Hendrik is a local dentist.

“I’ve been very lucky to meet the right people, but when I’ve met them, I’ve been prepared to deliver.”

The US tour of Wicked opens on June 27 and Jeanna admitted rehearsals could be tough going sometimes.

“It’s a lot, it’s the biggest part I’ve ever had. I’m just trying to take it a day at a time.

“Glinda travels by bubble in the film so at the top of the show, I have a bubble. We had a bubble rehearsal and, when the music began my heart started going so fast. It’s so high and you’re on this tiny little ledge in a huge ballgown. It really knocked me for six.”

But she said playing Glinda, who has more to her than first meets the eye, was a fantastic experience.

“Glinda is good, but she has got her nasty side too, she gets jealous.

“She is probably the most rounded character I’ve played.”

Jeanna said being a Brit abroad could be hard work but it was worth it to follow her acting dream.

“I’ve always wanted to be an actor. It’s definitely tough though. I have to do an American accent for everything I do.

“Most of the time, they have no idea I’m British until I turn up for day one of rehearsals.”

After the tour, she’s planning a move to LA to fulfil her next ambition; to appear in a Hollywood blockbuster.

 

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