Melanie Vallejo plays Sophie Wong
High school may have been a nightmare for her character Sophie Wong but it was a different story for Melanie Vallejo. "I was Miss Extra Curricular," the 31-year-old remembers. "I was on the drama committee and was sport captain. You got out of school work. It was great!"
Originally from Adelaide, Melanie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Drama Performance) at Flinders University after finishing school. Four years later she moved to Sydney and scored the role of Maddison in the Disney TV series Power Rangers: Mystic Force opposite Underbelly star Firass Dirani. Since then, she has worked extensively in theatre and television. Her theatre credits include Gosling; Myth, Propaganda & Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America; and more recently Baghdad Wedding at the Belvoir St Theatre.
Her other TV appearances include All Saints, Secretary, Dance Academy, Cops LAC and Packed to the Rafters, where she appeared as Kat Ripley. Her film credits include Dying Breed and The Sculptor.
Melanie, who’s relocated to Melbourne with husband Matt, was thrilled when she landed the role on Winners & Losers.
Like her three lead female co-stars, Melanie can also sing. Music runs in her family with her brother Christopher a music producer and recording engineer.