Holly Brisley (right) with Teresa Livingstone and Agro.
Holly Brisley (right) with Teresa Livingstone and Agro.

Whatever happened to Agro's pal?

SHE was the fresh-faced teen who cracked the big time on Agro's Cartoon Connection in Brisbane in the '90s.

Now, after stepping out of the spotlight to focus on raising her two children, former Gold Coaster Holly Brisley is making a return to the big screen in upcoming comedy film Life of The Party.

Brisley, 39, was one of the most-loved faces of Australian TV, going on to host the likes of The Looney Tunes Show and World's Craziest Videos, competing on Dancing with the Stars in 2005 and playing Amanda Vale on Home and Away, as well as starring in films such as Garage Days, The Crop and Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.

But, after taking time out following the birth of her son Levi in 2009 and daughter Willow in 2012 with her marketing executive husband Paul Ford, Sydney-based Brisley said she was throwing herself back into her career.

"I really wanted to be around for my kids, especially in those younger years," she said.

"Now, my husband has just sold his company and it's almost a changing of the guards - it's about me again, it's back on."

Holly Brisley (left) with Brad Hills and Teresa Livingstone and Agro.
Holly Brisley (left) with Brad Hills and Teresa Livingstone and Agro.


Brisley, who is back in town for the VIP screening of Life of the Party at New Farm cinemas on Friday night, said the Michael Budd-directed movie about three friends approaching their mid 30s and attempting to hang onto their youth by throwing the world's longest house party had sparked a number of opportunities, including starring in and producing another upcoming film Enter Sanctum.

"It's an exciting time," she said.

"My whole career has been based around being in front of the camera and you're always at the mercy of other people and their decisions but what I love about producing is having that creativity.

"Acting on its own is probably never going to be enough for me now".

Brisley said she had recently reunited with her former co-star Jamie Dunn, the man behind Agro, to film a TV special and was embarrassed watching playbacks from her teenage years on the show.

"I was so young and learning on the job surrounded by adults using adult humour and it's embarrassing," she said.

But, 20 years on from the final episode, people still recognised her from the show they grew up with.

"People do (recognise me from Agro) and even the other day the girl at the smoothie place I went to recognised me from Home and Away," she said, with a laugh.

She also recalled the confusion that followed the show's wrap in 1997 after she had moved from Queensland to Sydney with the job.

"It was all-consuming and then all of a sudden the show ended," she said.


"There was moments where I was like 'okay, what now? Do I move home or do I continue to pursue it?' and somehow I made it work.

"Later, I knew I wanted to have children and be there for them and, at a certain age, get back into it."

Brisley said being back in Queensland at the moment had made her feel nostalgic about her drives between the Gold Coast and Brisbane while filming Agro at Mt Coot-tha.

"It (Queensland) is my second home and I'm still back here all the time," she said.

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