It’s the bombshell TV appearance that has Australia talking.
Susan Hannaford’s interview with Channel 7’s Sunday Night has been labelled ‘bizarre’ and now New Idea can exclusively share behind-the-scenes snaps from day it was filmed on location in the US.
Susan – who found fame playing Kitty in the iconic TV show The Sullivans - can be seen talking to Sunday Night interviewer Matt Doran in the images – wearing a barely there white crop top paired with hotpants and cork wedges.
Gone is her brunette hairstyle of the old days – and in its place are platinum blonde locks worn loose around her shoulders.
Susan is accompanied by her grandchildren – who she explains in the interview she adopted ‘so they’re my babies now’.
During her TV appearance, filmed at Susan’s 14-bedroom ‘palace’ in Beverly Hills, Susan spoke fondly of the day she auditioned for the part of ‘Kitty’.
‘I never acted before in my entire life and I went to the audition and there was like a huge line of girls,’ Susan explained.
‘I had a little puppy with me a little Yorkshire terrier and her name was Fifi so I took Fifi with me and when I got to the line I'm like… I'm not going to stand in this line it's not going to happen.’
Instead, Susan – with trademark determination - said she went ‘straight to the front’ of the queue.
‘I said I have an appointment I think they all had appointments but I have an appointment so and for some reason she's OK alright well step come on in and do your audition piece.
‘She took the dog and the dog barked all the way through the audition and by the end of it I thought I don't know what my odds are at actually winning this audition but I did and there was no callback and I just won the role.’
But there were tough times ahead.
After leaving Australia ‘with nothing’ in 2013, Susan ended up in the US where she amassed an impressive property portfolio – prompting some tough questions about her complex financial affairs from Matt.
‘I think you have to have an incredible drive to actually go to a foreign country… by myself,’ Susan said of her move to America.
‘I wanted to conquer the world you know. I did. I wanted to conquer the world and I came to Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills was the world that I wanted to conquer.’
Susan went on to clarify that while she ‘loves money’ it’s ‘freedom of choice’ that drives her.
But while Susan said she was now keen to ‘call it in by the pool’ instead of buying up more property, she may be in for a testing time.
As New Idea exclusively revealed in March, Susan is being sued in America for fraud.
Court documents listed a series of allegations against Susan, her mum Norma and Susan’s daughter Marquessa relating to the renting of the family’s $7 million home as vacation accommodation.
After being lured in by fancy reviews, when clients arrived at the property, they found it to be a decrepit mess.
Susan denies the claims and says the case is ‘going nowhere’.
‘Oh I've had so many lawsuits… I think Donald Trump has had 5,000 so I'm doing pretty well I've had don't know 40,’ Susan said during her Sunday Night appearance.
‘If you want to play with the big boys, it's a snake pit out there… survival it's tricky it's not easy,’ she added.
‘Look I'm a little Aussie girl if you think I'm the scam artist fine.’
There were some tense moments in the tell-all, with Susan at one point branding Matt Doran ‘rude’.
But the pair appeared to end the interview on a friendly note, with Susan going on to call Matt ‘charming’.
‘Who could not enjoy being interviewed by you?’ she asked as the interview wrapped up.
For more on the Susan Hannaford story pick up a copy of New Idea - out Monday