|Portrayed by||Natalie Saleeba|
|First appearance||12 October 2006|
|Last appearance||25 April 2008|
|Introduced by||Ric Pellizzeri|
Rosetta "Rosie" Cammeniti is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Natalie Saleeba. The character was introduced into the serial as part of a group of four "20 somethings." Saleeba began filming in July and she made her first on-screen appearance on 12 October 2006. Rosetta's storylines included an arranged marriage, a same-sex kiss and pseudocyesis. She departed on 25 April 2008.
Character creation and casting
Rosetta was created in 2006 along with another three characters as part of a new group of "20 somethings". Nicky Whelan, Ben Lawson and Christian Clark were cast as Pepper Steiger, Frazer Yeats and Will Griggs respectively. Their introduction was part of the producers attempts to introduce more contemporary characters and to fill the void left by several cast departures. Executive producer Ric Pellizzeri said "We've got 15-to-18-year olds and the 35-plus brigade, we've always liked the shenanigans of Toadfish (Ryan Maloney) and friends at No. 30, so we thought, rather than introduce a new family, we'll bring in some new 20-somethings as housemates and fill the middle ground we've been missing." Despite not knowing each other, the characters all share the same house upon their arrivals, which was a first for the series.
Former All Saints actress Saleeba was cast as Rosetta and she began filming in July. Saleeba said that it was a "bonus" joining the show at the same time as the others, as it made the process easier and less intimidating joining an established cast. Rosetta was given immediate family connections within the show in the form of younger sister and already established character Carmella Cammeniti (Natalie Blair).
Before appearing on-screen Rosetta was described as Carmella's "strait-laced older sister", "a young lawyer and the object of Frazer's affections". Network Ten said Rosetta "appears to be just your average uptight lawyer. However, scratch the surface of the feisty Italian and you'll find that she can be every bit as passionate as her wayward younger sister Carmella." They commented on the burden of her being the eldest child, which automatically ensured she had to be responsible, they also state that she transformed as a person upon arriving in Ramsay Street, describing her as uptight, but eventually settling down. They add that she is eager to please her parents all the time, saying it was once her sole aim in life. Rosie is also career driven and business minded putting them before a family. Pellizzeri said that Saleeba plays the "perfect Neighbours character – a 27-year-old virgin." Audiences felt Rosetta and Carmella were cast well as they looked alike, Blair said they work well together as a unit and Rosetta's presence changes Carmella for the good.
Rosetta's relationship with Frazer is a focal point of her storylining, it has provided the character different plots, including choosing her career over starting a family and her subsequent false pregnancy, of this during an interview with entertainment website Lastbroadcast Salebba stated: "Frazer's desperate to start a family, but Rosie feels that her career as a lawyer is more important at this time in her life, it creates a lot of tension between them. But then Rosetta really does fall pregnant, with complicated consequences..." Of Rosetta's false pregnancy Saleeba said "It's terrible, they tell their friends what's happened, but I don't think Rosie can believe it."
One of Rosetta's most notable storylines is a kiss shared with Pepper in the heat of the moment, the characters were portrayed agreeing to forget it ever happened. Australian press branded the kiss as a failed attempt to gain ratings for the serial, also stating it aired practically unnoticed along with a number of would be attention grabbing plots. Describing Rosetta and Frazer's exit storyline, Dan Bennet speaking for Network Ten states: "It will be a bittersweet departure for them. They will experience a big tragedy and, on the beck of that, find a sense of new hope."
A lawyer and the older sister of Carmella, Rosetta moves into No. 30 Ramsay Street along with Pepper Steiger, Frazer Yeats and Will Griggs. She had previously lived with her mother Lucia (Maria Mercedes), until she decided to cut herself loose, dump the fiancee she was not in love with, and move to Erinsborough. In late 2006, Rosetta developed feelings for housemate Will but did not act upon them out of fear of being rejected; meanwhile, fellow housemate Frazer had hidden feelings for her. Upon finding out Will only had eyes for sister Carmella, Rosetta's feelings for him disappeared.
She had an affair with scheming business mogul Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) which lead to him leaving new wife Lyn (Janet Andrewartha) on the same day as their wedding. The affair did not last, and Rosetta and Frazer became an item. However, when Frazer confessed to Rosetta that he was really George Brown, the brother of her former fiancee, Johnny Brown, she left him and took comfort with Paul. Upon learning that Paul had an affair with her best friend, Pepper, Rosetta lashed out at him, accusing him of mistreating Pepper. Pepper, overwhelmed by Rosetta's act of friendship, spontaneously kissed her before Rosetta kissed her back, unaware that Frazer's little brother Ringo (Sam Clark) was watching. Ringo spread the word, and the whole street thought that Rosetta and Pepper were gay for a brief period. Rosetta reunited with Frazer, who was bound to a wheelchair following an accident on a race track. After they sorted out their issues and learnt more about each other, Rosetta and Frazer got engaged.
They married on 23 July 2007 as part of Neighbours new revamp. But after the wedding ceremony the mini bus that was taking residents back to the street crashed leaving many injured (including Rosetta's sister Carmella) and Frazer's brother Ringo in a coma. After this Rosetta's boss Tim Collins put a lot of pressure on her, and has recently given her more opportunities, which conflicts with peoples increasing expectation that she and Frazer will start a family. After Tim's pressuring put Toadie in hospital from a panic attack, they decided to quit and start their own partnership, which became a success.
Though Frazer wants children, they both realize that they are not ready, so they agree to wait. Later, her sister Carmella's difficult time during Chloe's birth convinces Rosetta she will never be able to stand the emotional strain of having children. However in February 2008, she finds out, much to her distress, that she is pregnant. Frazer tells her that if she cannot raise the baby, he will – as a sole parent. After Frazer says this, Rosetta promises to try to raise the baby because she wants to save the marriage. Rosetta was now looking forward to having the baby, especially after becoming her niece Chloe's godmother. But Rosetta then believes she has lost the baby, leaving her and Frazer heartbroken, but after going for another scan to receive a second opinion, they realised that there is a baby. After this Rosetta and Frazer decided to go to Italy and have left the street. But after they left it was revealed that Rosetta had given birth to a baby boy which she and Frazer named Marco Yeats. Despite stating that their trip to Italy would be a relatively short one, they have never returned.
Saleeba was nominated in the "Best Newcomer" category at the "2007 Inside Soap Awards". They following year she and Lawson were nominated for "Best Couple". Lowculture's Ruth Deller praised Rosetta's relationship with Frazer describing it as a high point for Neighbours and said the serial would be "dull" without them. She also compared them with past couples saying, "Of the more recent additions to the cast [...] two of the most loved have been Frazer and Rosie. Brittle, neurotic, flawed but ultimately sweet Rosie and thoroughly nice and not-unattractive Frazer are one of those Ramsay Street couples that just work, and have been totally right for the show – feeling just as, well, Neighbours-y as pairings such as Madge and Harold, Scott and Charlene and Des and Daphne." TV Scoop called Rosie and Frazer "fully-formed, warm, witty characters who have been a genuinely great addition to the street". The Birmingham Mail chose Paul confessing his love for Rosetta and her confusion as their "pick of the day". Natalie Craig writing for The Sydney Morning Herald said Rosetta is like Maria from West Side Story - because she was "young, Italian and forced into an engagement with a man she does not desire". She jested it made Erinsborough appear like The Bronx.
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