Pop star Kylie dreams of film roles, not U.S. success

Mon May 11, 2009 7:48am EDT
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop singer Kylie Minogue is not bothered that the music stardom she enjoys in Britain and Australia has eluded her in the United States but says she fantasizes about a credible film career.

Minogue, 40, who got her start more than 20 years ago as an actress in an Australian daytime soap, admits she has "definitely done the wrong things" when it comes to her limited movie career and would love to do more films.

In an interview to promote her first U.S. tour later in the year, the Grammy-winning singer said she dreams of a director crafting a role for her the way musician Nick Cave developed their 1996 alternative rock duet and music video for "Where The Wild Roses Grow," which was quite a contrast to her pop roots.

"(Cave) saw me in a totally different way, believed in me and had this idea and a vision for a number of years before he contacted me and we worked together and it was just absolutely perfect," Minogue told Reuters.

"My daytime fantasy is that there is a director somewhere who will be thinking that kind of way but putting it into the context of the film," she said. "I would love to do more movies. I really got waylaid and sidetracked. I started out as an actress and I thought that's what I would do."

Her first feature movie role was in "The Delinquents" in 1989, which was followed by a handful of roles, including 1994's "Street Fighter" with Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1996 comedy "Bio-Dome," and a small part in 2001 hit "Moulin Rouge!"

She also had a "dream come true" earlier this year when she worked with Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" composer AR Rahman by performing one of his songs in a Bollywood film.

Minogue's career also includes a lingerie line, perfumes, linen, and a children's book.   Continued...

<p>Australian pop star Kylie Minogue performs during the Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert in Melbourne in this March 14, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas</p>