Seasoned singer-songwriter *Jess McAvoy *has landed what could be the role of a lifetime in a new TV series pilot in New York.
After moving to Toronto last year, the *Perth *-raised musician was asked to audition for the lead role of Chrissy in the independent series Desire despite never having acted before.
McAvoy, who is in her early 30s, says she found it "ridiculous" when she was told almost instantly that she had won the part.
"It's pretty funny to be asked to come down to New York and hang out here and be an actor, coming from Perth," McAvoy tells _AAA _ from the US, where she has just started pre-production for the pilot.
"I've spent a bit of time here but it's really different being on a project like this," she says. Desire features a cast full of musicians and follows the members of a former smash hit all-female rock band who are attempting to reunite after a dramatic break up 10 years ago.
"It's this wonderful eclectic big mixing pot of drama that's essentially about girls rocking out," McAvoy says.
Though McAvoy has already perfected her American accent, she is finding it more difficult to leave her own personality behind and step into the shoes of her character.
"Pretending to be someone else is a bit odd because when you push yourself to get on stage doing your own original stuff it's very much about being who you are," she says.
Even so, the singer, who has already put out 13 albums, thinks the rock-heavy music from Desire will have an influence on her own writing. "Already I am starting to see that it is going to change me, and I want it to," she says.
Filming of Desire is scheduled for later this year.
I am starting to see that it is going to change me, and I want it to.'