‘It’s time to move on’: Jodi Anasta shares her favourite moments from nearly four years on Neighbours as she prepares to move back to Sydney
Jodi Anasta (née Gordon) has reflected on playing Elly Conway on Neighbours for nearly four years by sharing some of her favourite memories.
The 34-year-old posted a gallery of nine photos to Instagram on Wednesday, while thanking the cast and crew for an ‘incredible’ journey.
The actress also revealed she was excited to be moving back to Sydney to be closer to her five-year-old daughter, Aleeia.
‘It’s time for me to move on’: Jodi Anasta shared her favourite moments from four years of playing Elly Conway on Neighbours as she prepares to move back to Sydney
The gallery included snaps with her co-stars and behind-the-scenes photos from the Neighbours float at the 2019 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
‘Farewell my Neighbours Family!’ she wrote in the caption.
‘It’s been an incredible four years with you guys, everyone from crew to production, cleaners to chefs to cast… you make this show what it is and I’m incredibly grateful to have been part of it for so long!’
Proud mum: Jodi has revealed she is leaving the long running soap to move back to Sydney to spend more time with her daughter, Aleeia, five
She added: ‘I remember a few years after I finished Home and Away I had a strong desire to be part of a show like that again, you gave me this opportunity with Neighbours.
‘Now it’s time for me to move on to the next adventure. More importantly in the interim it’s time for me to move back to Sydney to be with my beautiful daughter.’
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, Jodi said she was feeling ‘better than ever’ following her decision to quit the long-running soap.
Fun times: Jodi shared nine photos from her time on Neighbours and said she’d had ‘an incredible four years’ working on the show (Pictured with cast mate Bonnie Anderson)
She added that ‘it’ll be a huge change’ for her after after commuting between Sydney and Melbourne for nearly four years.
‘I’ll get to do more school drop offs, all that kind of stuff, and just get back into auditioning again,’ she said.
Jodi took a three-week hiatus from filming due to ‘exhaustion’ in June last year, which her manager blamed on her interstate commute.
‘Farewell my Neighbours Family!’ Jodi paid tribute to the cast and crew of Neighbours and said she was ‘incredibly grateful’ to have been a part of the soap
Jodi had previously spoken about how difficult it was being away from Aleeia – whom she shares with her ex-husband, Braith Anasta – due to her filming commitments.
‘It’s always very difficult being away from Aleeia, but the way I see it is that I get a lot more holidays than most parents,’ she told The Sunday Telegraph in December.
‘There are lots of production breaks which is a luxury I know a lot of parents don’t have.’
‘I’ll get to do more school drop offs’ Jodi is looking forward to no longer needing to commute between Melbourne and Sydney so she can spend more time with her daughter (Pictured at the 2019 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with castmates Jackie Woodburne and Bonnie Anderson)