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Jessica Mauboy Said She Was "Shit-Scared" To Take On A Leading TV Role

"I feel very proud to have represented the diversity of culture within Australia."

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You probably know Jessica Mauboy. The singer shot to success in 2006 as the runner-up of Australian Idol and has been Australia's pop darling ever since.

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From solo success, hit films, and now a TV show under her belt, Mauboy is easily one of the biggest success stories Australia has seen in a while.

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"You have to start simple and grow from that," she told BuzzFeed of her phenomenal success. "You need the passion, I wouldn't do it otherwise. It takes a lot of guts and confidence."

Mauboy recently starred in the Channel 7 show The Secret Daughter playing Billie Carter, a role in which she's grateful to be able to represent Australia's true multicultural roots.

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"I always wanted to look up to someone like Billie, and now I get to play her and have someone else feel that way," Mauboy said. "There's so much diversity in this country, and The Secret Daughter shares a story of possibilities, courage, and strength."

"I was shit-scared!" Mauboy said of her leading role. "It blows my mind to think in 2016 we're still evolving as a country. I feel proud to have represented Australia and the diversity of culture."

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"This is only just one story that is a possibility of opening many stories for others culturally. There is pressure, but there is a sense of pride I walk in, and for me I want to embrace it."

And even Mauboy can't believe it's been 10 whole years since Idol.

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"I was 16 when I entered Idol. And that alone was a whole new level of experiencing judgement. I’m still growing as a young woman, finding myself, finding my balance. It’s an every day thing."

After her first number one CD this year, an upcoming performance for the 2016 Arias, and a country-wide tour in 2017, it's safe to say Jess Mauboy isn't slowing down any time soon.

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"Sometimes I kind of sit there in moments and go... 'Is that enough?!' But I want to do more. There are ups and downs, but it always comes full circle. I do want to take that responsibility and be a role model. I really respect and appreciate that I have an opportunity to do that. That’s success to me."

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