When you consider how much she’s done since - smashing global pop charts, performing to crowds in the hundreds of thousands, still getting millions of downloads to this day… you really can’t fault her hustle.
To celebrate the amazing milestone, Kylie shared a clip from her early days on Neighbours as the troubled Charlene Robinson, who quickly became known for her heart of gold, though her temperamental nature sometimes got the better of her.
In the Instagram caption, Kylie wrote: “35 YEARS since my first ep on #Neighbours. My first TV role was when I was 11.”
“This was my first big job after finishing school. Well, it turns out to be. Initially, it was between one and twelve weeks work… wow! #Charlene!”
We all know what came next. Kylie started dating her on-screen love interest Jason Donovan, which naturally caused mass hysteria and an entire fandom for the couple.
The relationship didn’t last, though the pair have reunited on stage several times in recent years.
These days, Kylie is enjoying a quieter lifestyle back in Australia.
She launched her own wine range, named Kylie Minogue Wines, and recently travelled around WA to experience the sites.
And while Charlene may be long gone, there’s no denying Kylie will never lose that uncanny flair her character brought to our screens.
Long live Queen Kylie!
A version of this story originally appeared on our sister site, Now To Love.