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Rebecca Robinson. Picture: Iain Gillespie

Stepping into the shoes of a troubled, sexually confused teen wouldn't be an easy task for any up-and-coming actor.

But Fremantle-raised Rebecca Robinson felt she was up for the challenge, even if it was her first major role.

The 24-year-old Murdoch University arts student last year wrapped filming for the Australian TV pilot Nasty Pieces of Work, which is now set to be turned into a web series.

"It's black comedy, so it's very funny but it's also very dark and very raw and honest," Robinson told _AAA _.

"I think in tone, it's similar to something like Skins or Girls, which are those young people making mistakes, learning about themselves, growing and changing."

Based on writer-director Corey Sinclair's experiences of living in a "one-gay-club town", shooting took place on New South Wales' Central Coast. where Robinson lived for several weeks during filming.

"It's about three best friends who have diverse sexualities, it's basically about their experiences growing up in Newcastle, which is referenced as being that one gay-club town."

"It reminded me a lot of Perth actually, because there's not many places here for the gay community. My two best friends are gay and it definitely reminded me a lot of their experiences where there was only, like, one gay club or bar to go to."

Robinson plays a lead role in the series, which she said Sinclair had written with her in mind.

"I know one of the guys who wrote it. He said 'I think you'd be perfect for this character'," she said. "So when I read the script and agreed to do it, he said to me 'I was thinking about you when I wrote it'.

"My character Adelaide, I don't think she identifies as being gay or straight. She is kind of still trying to work that out. She's a bit of a party girl who's cleaned up her act a bit and she is trying to hold down a full-time job and leave all her partying ways behind her.

"She's decided it's time to grow up and move on from getting wasted five nights a week."

While the former *St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls *student loved acting from an early age, it was only recently that she decided to pursue it as a career.

"I always knew that it was what I wanted to do but I wasn't sure how to go about it," she said. "I did some short films at uni with friends, then I realised how much I loved acting and how much I wanted to do it as a career, not just as a hobby."

In a stroke of beginner's luck for the up-and-coming actress, since filming the pilot she has signed with an agency in Melbourne and was picked up by talent agents in Sydney and London.

Seemingly following in the footsteps of other burgeoning Perth actors such as Claremont-raised star Adelaide Kane, Robinson is eventually planning to base herself out of Los Angeles.

And, to help her along the way, she will be mentored by Coppelia Tingley, the mother of fellow Perth-raised, LA-based actress Freya Tingley.

"I'm moving to Melbourne in March this year, and I will be back and forth between Melbourne, LA and London all year until I have a solid base," she said.

"You never really know where you'll end up in this business, so I'll just take it as it comes."

The West Australian

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