Big Brother presenter Sonia Kruger reveals how she got the iconic role of Tina Sparkle in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom
She is the presenter of Big Brother in 2021, but Sonia Kruger became a household name in 1992 after being cast in the hit movie Strictly Ballroom.
And now, more than three decades after playing the role of Tina Sparkle, the 55-year-old has revealed exactly how she landed the act as the iconic character.
Speak against The Daily Telegraph, the blond beauty admitted she was meant to be a ‘dancer’, but she was an ambitious girl who ‘wanted more’.
Iconic role: Sonia Kruger is the host of Big Brother, but she became a household name three decades ago after being cast as Tina Sparke in Strictly Ballroom. In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, she revealed how she got the gig
Sonia said she knocked on the door of casting director, Faith Martin.
“I knocked on her door and she said, bless her,” Okay, let’s talk for a minute. “
Sonia then told Faith that she was a professional dancer who also had ambitions to play a speaking role in the film.
Faith told a young Sonia about the role of Tina Sparkle, which seemed to pique her interest, but the team had only been casting for another year.
Despite losing hope, Sonia said, “Sure enough, a year later she called me up and invited me to audition for Baz and that was it. I got the part, ”she added.
Taking charge: Big Brother presenter Sonia was also a ballroom consultant in the film, helping her fellow cast members learn to dance
Ambitious: Sonia said she knocked on the door of casting director, Faith Martin. ‘I knocked on her door and she said, bless her,’ Okay, let’s talk for a minute ‘
In the romantic comedy directed by Baz Luhrmann, Paul Mercurio stars as Scott Hastings, an Australian ballroom dancer who pairs up with budding dancer Fran (Tara Morice) after his maverick style earns him the disdain of his conservative colleagues.
Together they wanted to win the title of the National Dance Championship and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, “There are no new steps!”
Sonia was also a ballroom consultant on the film, helping her fellow cast members learn to dance.
Specializing in Ballroom and Latin American dances, she represented Australia at the Amateur British Ballroom Championships and was the Australian Ballroom, Latin & New Vogue Professional Champion.
Oscar-winning designer Catherine Martin, who is married to Luhrmann, created sets and costumes for Strictly Ballroom, for which she won two Australian Film Institute Awards.
In early 2014, mother of two Catherine was inducted into the Rodeo Drive ‘Walk of Style’ for her work on The Great Gatsby, directed by husband Baz.
Flashback: Pictured, actor John Hannan (who plays Tina Sparkle’s dance partner Ken Railings) and Sonia Kruger