Gracie Gilbert in Love Child. Picture: Supplied

She's been touted as one to watch and a star on the rise but Gracie Gilbert considers herself more of a gypsy than a glamorous screen ingenue.

At just 21, the Bayswater-raised actress has already nabbed major roles in Underbelly: Squizzy, FOX8 teen drama SLiDE and upcoming series Love Child, and recently graced the stage back home in Perth as Viola in Shakespeare WA's Twelfth Night.

However, with success comes plenty of travelling from coast to coast and Gilbert admits she sometimes dreams of having a permanent base.

"I am being a bit of a gypsy at the moment, which has its ups and downs," she told AAA.

"I have my bedroom here at my parents' house, I have a storage unit in Melbourne and a car full of stuff in Sydney so I am a bit all over the shop.

"But I guess I am just at a point where I need to be able to pick up and move to wherever the work is."

Gilbert won't let her age be a barrier to scoring gritty parts, either.

She was not afraid to flash some flesh in Underbelly last year and her latest role in Sixties miniseries Love Child, which begins on Monday at 8.40pm on Nine/WIN, sees her play an unwed mother forced to give her baby up for adoption.

The former *Mercedes College * student said she spent time visiting adoption agencies in Perth so she felt she could honour the story.

"Lots of the women who work for these agencies were mothers who had given their children up for adoption," Gilbert explained.

"The research was a huge part of this role for me and really made me so emotionally invested."

The chance to work with such a female-dominated cast was also a welcome change for Gilbert, who particularly enjoyed starring alongside lead and fellow WA actress Jessica Marais.

"Jess has such a beautiful energy about her, so when she's on set everyone is always joking and laughing," Gilbert said.

"Us Perth people, when we are in the Eastern States we tend to stick together and it's nice that there's a real support for one another."

Gilbert is relaxed when she speaks of her plans for the rest of the year, preferring to see where the wind blows her rather than make concrete plans, though a trip to Europe with friends is on the cards in later months.

She said she was holding out for dynamic work but didn't mind whether it was on the stage or screen.

"I think a fulfilling acting career for me is going to be constantly challenged with different work and different characters," Gilbert said of her future.

"Variety within your career is what makes it."

The West Australian

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