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Songstress Imbruglia not 'Torn' over showbiz career

From Correspondent Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Natalie Imbruglia is one of those people who always knew what she wanted to do with her life. Ever since she was a kid, she wanted to be in show business.

"I thought that was normal. I thought you were born knowing what you wanted to do," Imbruglia said. "So I couldn't understand any kids who were like, 'Whoa, what am I going to do?' I started venturing when I was 13 into singing and acting."

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Her focus and direction is paying off. The 23-year-old starred in the popular Australian soap opera "Neighbours" for two years before conquering record charts in the U.S. and Britain with the current hit single "Torn."

Now she's touring the U.S. to promote her album "Left Of The Middle" (released on the RCA record label). She performed on MTV's Movie Awards, which airs Thursday night, and she's keeping a grueling schedule of coast-to-coast red-eye flights and performances.

And for now, she's concentrating on music, not acting.

"I've been offered roles, but my mindset is I don't believe in spreading yourself too thin and until I feel I can do both properly, I won't," she said. "I won't tempt myself too much."

One other thing that occupies Imbruglia's time, particularly in interviews: answering questions about her relationship two years ago with "Friends" star David Schwimmer.

"It's one of those things, you can't escape it. You set your own boundaries and you say as much as you want to say and the rest you keep private -- that's the only thing you can really do," Imbruglia said.

Spoken like a true veteran of show business.


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