|Portrayed by||Jenna Rosenow|
|First appearance||7 February 2013|
|Introduced by||Richard Jasek|
|Amber's Blog (2013)|
|Home||32 Ramsay Street|
Amber Turner is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Jenna Rosenow. The actress, who had previously appeared in the show as an extra, successfully auditioned for the role of Amber and relocated to Melbourne from Geelong for filming. She said she was excited about joining the cast and seeing what she could do with her character. Amber was created and introduced along with her family, as part of a major overhaul of the show's cast. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 7 February 2013.
Amber is portrayed as a regular teenage girl, who is a bit naive. She is friendly, vibrant, kind and caring. Rosenow said Amber would do anything for her friends and family. She added that Amber means well with her decisions and sometimes does the wrong things for the right reasons. Amber's storylines have often focused on her relationships with Robbo Slade (Aaron Jakubenko) and Joshua Willis (Harley Bonner). The character has also endured a pregnancy scare and developed a crush on her gay friend, after he supported her while she was being bullied.
Creation and casting
On 4 November 2012, it was announced that the five-strong Turner family would be introduced to Neighbours in February 2013. The family were created as part of a major overhaul of the show's cast. Of the Turners, Kate Kendall, who plays matriarch Lauren, explained "The producers were looking to get quite a traditional family in there and hark back to some of those old traditions and family values. They're going to be a really charismatic family, but you'll also get some really juicy storylines and that's what the audiences relate to. Viewers will relate to the familiarity of them and hopefully the sense of magnetism that we bring." The Turners were given an immediate link in Erinsborough through long-term resident Lou Carpenter (Tom Oliver), the father of Lauren and grandfather to Amber and her brothers.
Jenna Rosenow was cast as Amber, the only daughter of Lauren and Matt Turner (Josef Brown). Rosenow had previously appeared in Neighbours as an extra, but Amber marked her first regular role. The actress auditioned for the part and was placed on a short-list, she received a callback and was then told that she had won the role. Rosenow relocated from Geelong to Melbourne, where Neighbours is filmed. She told Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy that she was excited about joining the cast of Neighbours and seeing what she could do with her character. She also said that it was easy to settle in and it helped that she came into the show with four other actors. In December 2012, Neighbours launched an online spin-off called Amber's Blog, which featured Amber documenting her family's move from Mount Isa to Erinsborough. Rosenow made her debut screen appearance as Amber on 7 February 2013.
Before her introduction, Kendall described Amber as "the typical teenage girl", while Rosenow thought she was just a regular 17-year-old, who is a bit naive. A writer for the official Neighbours website called Amber friendly and vibrant, adding that she is "on the cusp of adulthood, dealing with the many life changes that come with it." During an interview with Kilkelly, Rosenow stated that Amber is "kind and caring" and someone who would do anything for her friends and family. When it comes to boys, she is a bit shy. She continued "Amber means well with every decision she makes, even if it means doing the wrong things for what she thinks is the right reasons." Rosenow also said that Amber seems like "the perfect good girl", but she would arrive in Erinsborough with a secret.
Amber does not initially want to be in Erinsborough and she misses her home and friends back in Mount Isa. Rosenow observed that the town did eventually grow on Amber, but for a while she came across as "disinterested" and "moody". When she started to make more of an effort, then more sides of her personality started to come out. When asked if Amber gets on with her family, Rosenow replied that she did because the whole family is loving and "really tight-knit." Amber has inherited her mother's love of horses, which has brought them closer together and she is the apple of her father's eye. The website writer added that Amber gets on well with her brothers Mason (Taylor Glockner) and Bailey (Calen Mackenzie).
Relationship with Robbo Slade
Rosenow revealed that Amber had a boyfriend back in Mount Isa that her family were unaware of. Robbo Slade (Aaron Jakubenko) was Amber's first boyfriend and Rosenow thought that Amber had put "a lot of her attention and energy" into the relationship. Speaking to Kilkelly, the actress said that the relationship proved to be "an escape" for Amber from the Turner family's problems. Robbo was a friend of Mason's and Rosenow branded him "bad news". She also described him as being "the bad boy of Mt Isa", which she believed was why Amber was attracted to him. Rosenow added that Robbo was charming to Amber's face, but the opposite behind her back. When Robbo was revealed to be a criminal, he soon skipped town. Not long after, Amber realised that she might be pregnant and that terrified her. Rosenow explained "She's still a little bit hung up on him. He was her first love, her first sexual partner, and now she's facing this potential pregnancy alone. There's a part of her that thinks the pregnancy may force Robbo to return."
Unsure what to do, Amber confided in her teacher, Kate Ramsay (Ashleigh Brewer). Rosenow said that Amber sought Kate's help because she felt comfortable around her and believed that she was the only person who knew enough about her situation to understand. She did not want to worry her parents, as she did not think they could cope with the news. Kate advised Amber to take a pregnancy test, which to Amber's relief turned out to be negative. Lou later found the test in the bin and initially assumed that it belonged to Lauren, who then realised that it was Amber's. Rosenow told an Inside Soap journalist that while Lauren put on a calm façade, inside she was hysterical. The pregnancy scare led to Amber revealing the truth about her relationship with Robbo, which then led to other family secrets being revealed, leaving Lauren devastated.
Robbo returned to Erinsborough a few months later and soon began causing trouble for the Turner family. Despite swearing to her family that she would stay away from Robbo and thinking that she was over him, Amber could not resist his charms. Rosenow told an Inside Soap columnist, "Robbo is a charmer, and he knows how to play her. He spins her the usual lines about how he never stopped loving her, he wants to get a job and save money to set them up – exactly what she wants to hear." Amber was spotted with Robbo by her younger brother Bailey, forcing her to deny anything was going on between them. Amber returned to see Robbo the next day and he seduced her. However, Amber was not as invested in the relationship because of her recent break-up. The Inside Soap columnist said that it was obvious Robbo was using Amber to get back at Mason and wondered what his "wicked scheme" would be.
Cyberbullying and crush on Chris Pappas
On 18 April 2013, Kilkelly reported that Amber would develop "a surprising crush" on her friend Chris Pappas (James Mason). Chris, who is gay, befriended Amber after she started having "a tough time" at school following a falling out with Cassie Nicholls (Lisa Marie Shaw). When Amber and Cassie began feuding, Chris invited Amber out on "a friendly date" to help cheer her up and they had a good night. Amber soon got the wrong idea about their friendship and Kilkelly wrote that Chris may regret his gesture as Amber starts seeing him differently. During this time, Amber and Cassie's feud continued with them each posting a series of "catty remarks" on the social networking website Twitter. The situation took "a potentially dark turn" when Cassie briefly went missing, leaving Amber worried that she had done something drastic.
The storyline led Mason and Rosenow to speak out about the subject of cyberbullying in a video released by Neighbours. Rosenow commented that cyberbullying could be very damaging to those involved and everyone had a role to play in stopping it from happening. Amber's crush on Chris came to a conclusion during "Episode 6646". A "lovesick" Amber was told by Georgia Brooks (Saskia Hampele) that she was "totally barking up the wrong tree" as Chris was gay and would not return her affections. Despite the advice, Amber declared her feelings for Chris. They then shared "a sweet moment" in which Chris explained that he was gay, but if he was not, then he would want Amber to be his girlfriend. Chris and Amber continued to remain friends.
Relationship with Joshua Willis
In May 2013, Joshua Willis (Harley Bonner) was introduced to Neighbours and promotional pictures showed him with Amber. When asked if a romance would develop between the two characters, Bonner said "Hmmm, there's not a lot I can say now but there is a bit of a connection, but I'm not sure where it will go!" Amber immediately fell for Joshua when he moved into Ramsay Street with his family, but her "subtle attempts at flirtation" initially went unnoticed. Amber resorted to following Joshua to the local pool and watching him swim, but he was too busy training for the Commonwealth Games to notice her. Amber later let slip to Joshua that she had been watching him swim, but he did not seem to mind. But when an "highly embarrassed" Amber asked him out on a date, Joshua had to turn her down as he had a meeting with the school principal. Believing that she had messed things up, Amber was left heartbroken and assumed Joshua was not romantically interested in her.
Joshua and Amber eventually became closer when she helped him with his homework and after sharing a kiss, they began dating. However, the couple broke up a few weeks later. When Amber's friend and Joshua's sister, Imogen (Ariel Kaplan), learned of a party down at Lassiter's Lake, she managed to convince Amber to come along. Upon arriving at the party, Amber went looking for Joshua, but she found him chatting to another girl and decided to get even. Imogen introduced Amber to "a cute guy" called Clay (Charlie Terrier). Amber and Clay get talking and Joshua later saw them kissing, leaving him devastated. Amber was unaware that Joshua had seen the kiss, but Imogen did and found herself stuck in the middle of her best friend and brother. Rosenow explained "Imogen is upset because this is exactly what she wanted to avoid. She knows Josh doesn't have a good track record and she doesn't want her friend Amber to get hurt. But, now they're both in a bad position." Amber later agreed to go on a date with Clay, leaving Joshua convinced that they would not get back together.
Amber is initially unhappy at having to move to Erinsborough with her family. She confides in her tutor, Kate Ramsay, that she misses her boyfriend. Amber is delighted when her boyfriend, Robbo, comes to town. When her brother, Mason, finds out about the relationship, he tells Amber that Robbo was involved in a warehouse robbery that he was arrested for. Mason explains that Robbo has come to get his share of the money from the robbery. Amber confronts Robbo, but he convinces her that he only took part in the robbery so they could have the money to build a future together. Robbo skips town after taking part in another robbery. Amber then has a pregnancy scare and her parents find out about Robbo. Amber befriends Chris Pappas and he supports her when she finds herself being bullied. Amber develops a crush on Chris, even though he is gay. She tries to stop him dating Seamus Illich (Scott Smart) by interrupting their lunch and using Seamus's phone to cancel a date. Amber comes clean and apologises to Chris. Amber befriends Imogen Willis and develops a crush on her brother Josh. She follows Josh to the local swimming pool to watch him train. When Amber tells Josh about her feelings for him, he kisses her and they begin dating.
Amber is hurt when Josh's coach warns her to stay away from him and she soon learns that Josh said she was a stalker, so his coach would not find out about their relationship. Not wanting to be another secret girlfriend, Amber ends things with Josh. With Imogen's encouragement, Amber tries to move on with Clay Blair. During their date, Amber rejects Clay's sexual advances and leaves his car. She then runs into Robbo, who tries to explain that he has changed. Robbo tries to get closer to Amber and she struggles with her feelings for him. Amber has sex with Robbo, but she regrets it. Amber learns that Robbo recorded them and she takes Imogen's car to try and find Robbo. Robbo is later involved in a hit-and-run and dies in the hospital. Amber and Josh get back together and agree to take things slowly. Amber is questioned by a detective about Robbo's accident and Amber reveals that she confronted Robbo and he offered to delete the footage in exchange for her spending one more night with him. Hudson Walsh (Remy Hii) later admits to being the one that ran Robbo down. Sheila Canning (Colette Mann) convinces Amber to become a meter maid, which Josh objects to. When Amber feels undermined by Josh, she asks him for some time apart.
Amber becomes jealous when Josh spends time with Ruby Knox (Maggie Naouri), a journalist for a local paper. Amber and Josh break up, but they reunite and Amber finds out that he kissed Ruby. Josh assures her it was a mistake. Josh qualifies for the Commonwealth Games and Amber is upset to learn that he will be leaving for a three-month training camp in Spain. Josh seriously injures his shoulder while abseiling and he is told that he will not be able to swim at the top level anymore. Amber supports him as he lashes out. When Amber discovers that Josh is using drugs, she tells his parents and Josh breaks up with her. Imogen manages to persuade them to get back together. Amber begins interning for photographer Rick Blaine (James Harvy), and she accepts a permanent job with him. However, she quits when she realises how rude Rick is. Amber befriends Daniel Robinson (Tim Phillipps) and they bond over their love of photography. He tells her that they share a vibe, but he knows that she is dating Josh and will not act on it. Amber tells Daniel that she will break up with Josh to be with him. However, she cannot go through with it. Amber is upset when she witnesses Paige Novak (Olympia Valance) kissing Daniel. Paige tells Amber that she knows about her connection with Daniel, and encourages her to make more of an effort with Josh. However, Amber later kisses Daniel, and they begin an affair. Amber fails to find a way to break up with Josh, yet continues her affair with Daniel; however, Josh discovers them together in the dark room.
While describing the Turner family, TV Week's Ilona Marchetta and Jackie Brygel called Amber "the sulky teenage daughter". Dianne Butler, writing for news.com.au, branded Amber "dewy". During a feature on "toxic, troublesome pairings" in soaps, Mark James Lowe from All About Soap included Amber and Robbo, saying "Despite numerous warnings from her family, and the fact Robbo got her brother sent to juvie, the teen still can't seem to keep away from her bad-boy lover. (Blood's thicker than water, Amber!)" When Amber confessed to Chris about sabotaging his date, a Sunday Mail reporter said "Her honesty might have been well intentioned, but it makes a mess of their friendship." Of Amber and Joshua, a TV Week columnist quipped "Never before have two such genetically blessed individuals been drawn together." The columnist also thought that the relationship would be over in "record time." Anthony D. Langford from TheBacklot.com disliked the pairing, commenting "I know the show is trying to put a spotlight on Josh and Amber, but they are a really boring, chemistry free couple."
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