Ellen DeGeneres was joined by her wife, Portia de Rossi, and Australian pop sensation Jessica Mauboy when she brought her talk show to Melbourne today. She got the crowd in a good mood by embracing Oz's traditions, like playing the didgeridoo, and inviting Jessica on stage for a surprise appearance. According to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 10,000 fans showed up to the taping at Birrarung Marr Park. Earlier this week, Ellen and Portia dropped by Portia's old school and taped an episode in Sydney with Russell Crowe. The show is currently traveling in Australia with Swisse Wellness for a series of special episodes.
Jessica Mauboy was launched to fame by Australian Idol, but this weekend, she'll make a splash on the big screen in The Sapphires. The movie, which she costars in alongside Bridesmaids and Girls alum Chris O'Dowd, tells the inspiring and harrowing true tale of an Aboriginal girl group in the 1960s who headed overseas to entertain the troops in Vietnam. The movie follows the civil rights movements in both America and Australia with a soundtrack of soul music, and it received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival last Summer. Jessica told us being a part of the movie inspired her to research her own Aboriginal background — with life-changing results. Check out our interview, and catch The Sapphires in theaters starting today.
The Sapphires was one of the megahits to emerge from Cannes this year. The Weinstein Company bought the rights to distribute the picture, an unlikely story about a group of four Aboriginal Australians in the 1960s who launch a singing career. During the film festival, we caught up with three of the stars, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, and Shari Sebbens. They spoke to us about their backgrounds and what it was like working with funny man Chris O'Dowd. Before the film hits theaters, get to know the ladies and check out our The Sapphires review.