Samantha Jade didn't believe she shared a physical resemblance with pop superstar Kylie Minogue until she put on a curly blonde wig.
On the set in Melbourne last year just two weeks into filming INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, where she plays a young Minogue, the Morley-raised singer says people had often compared her to Minogue but she didn't recognise the likeness until recently.
"When I had the wig on I turned a certain way and looked in the mirror and said 'Oh I get it'. That's the first time," she tells AAA. "The blonde wig helped me get into character so much."
Jade will make her TV acting debut in the two-part mini-series, which premieres on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven/GWN7.
In it she plays the then-naive soap star at the start of her pop career in the late 1980s, who trades in Neighbours co-star boyfriend Jason Donovan to begin a two-year relationship with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence (played by WA Academy of Performing Arts alumnus Luke Arnold).
Pint-sized X-Factor winner Jade hadn't done any acting bar a small film role in the US years ago, so the pressure was on.
"This is playing an Australian icon so . . . a lot of pressure," she confesses.
"I was very nervous the first day. When we went for the script read-through I had a stress rash, so I had a high neck on."
Jade says she did a lot of homework to prepare for the role, studying Minogue's mannerisms and adding a bit more twang to her Aussie accent.
"I knew a lot about Kylie before because obviously I feel like it's un-Australian if you don't love Kylie," she gushes, before recalling with glee how Minogue personally took to Twitter to congratulate her on landing the part.
Minogue's relationship with the promiscuous rock'n'roll bad boy helped transform her image from sweet to sexy and set her on the fast track to pop divadom.
Jade says, like Minogue in the late 1980s, she too is growing into her womanhood and at the start of her career. "He did open her eyes to a whole new world. He was just a very different guy for her," the 26-year-old says.
Hutchence famously said his favourite hobby was "corrupting Kylie" and the couple allegedly had sex on a first-class Qantas flight while then prime minister Bob Hawke sat two rows ahead. While Jade and Arnold share intimate scenes, the risque event will not feature in the series.
Minogue has always remained tight-lipped about her relationship with the late Hutchence, which ended when he cheated on her with Danish supermodel Helena Christensen.
But Perth-born INXS guitarist Tim Farris was happy to reveal his take on the relationship while overseeing the series' production.
"Kylie was a sweetheart. (She was) very determined," Farriss says. "Her and Michael were really cute together, a great couple.
"But I always had a feeling that in a way it was kind of a mutual agreement between the two of them - probably not even verbally - that they felt that they could benefit each other through their relationship. It always seemed too perfect in a sense.
"Poor Michael and Kylie never really had a chance. It was just a media circus for the two of them and there was just too much pressure on them."