Australian actress Jo Christiaans is a well-known and much loved regular on Australian TV and cinema screens.
For the past 20 years, Jo has lived every girl's dream, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A listers, politicians and sports stars. She has worked with screen icons such as The Rock, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Blanchette and Tom Hiddleston. "I was lucky enough to spend nearly a full 16 hour day with Tom on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. He was the most professional and driven actor I have met and I was in complete awe of his intense focus on set."
Jo's love for the stage was reignited when she co-produced and starred in Heavenly Hijinx alongside Australian illusionist, Drace Illusionist. 'Basically, it's a large scale illusion stage show...with a narrative. I play Archangel Joelle who catches the eye of a fallen Angel. It was great to get back on stage again as that is where it all began for me 20 years ago."
When asked who her favorite actor to work with was, she replied, "Heath Ledger. I first met Heath on the set of a local TV series called Roar when I was 16 years old. Just like Tom, he was a very focused and intense actor and this is evident in his last film where he played The Joker. He was a few years older than me and took on a big brother type role with me. He was such a lovely guy, he would do anything for anyone and we all miss him greatly."
So where to from here? "My stunt and Krav Maga training is on hold at the moment as I ruptured the ACL in my knee just before Christmas needing an emergency knee reconstruction. I am focussing on our stage act The Magical Oz Family and completing quite an intense rehab program to ensure a full recovery for my knee. But just wait because when my knee has fully recovered...I'll be back...better than ever!"
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