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Sons and Daughters star Rowena Wallace reveals she’s exploring Islamic faith

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Veteran Australian actress Rowena Wallace turns to Islam.

The Sons and Daughters star, 74, made the stunning revelation during Channel Seven’s The Fame match on Sunday night.

“If I had to be anything, I would be Muslim,” she said.

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Big news: Veteran Australian actress Rowena Wallace (pictured) takes a leap of faith by turning to Islam

Wallace, who in 1984 became the first soap opera star to win a Gold Logie, has faced a number of financial and health issues over the years.

And she credited her newfound faith with helping to “center” her.

“I’ve studied Islam a bit and I’m merging with Islam,” Wallace told the 7News Spotlight program.

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Faith found out, “If I had to be anything, I’d be a Muslim,” Wallace said. (Pictured: a mosque in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

However, she specifically identifies as a Sufi, who she describes as “a lover of God”.

Sufism is a form of Islamic mysticism that emphasizes introspection and spiritual closeness to God.

“I try to live like a Sufi, but it’s not common. There is not a group of Sufis in Wonthaggi [a seaside town in Victoria] where I live.’

“I am where I am, and I just want to be happy where I am and where I am,” she added.

Struggle street: Wallace, who in 1984 became the first soap opera star to win a Gold Logie, struggled with a number of financial and health issues.  (Photo in a 2007 episode of Neighbours)

Struggle street: Wallace, who in 1984 became the first soap opera star to win a Gold Logie, struggled with a number of financial and health issues. (Photo in a 2007 episode of Neighbours)

During the 7News special, Wallace also revealed that she was forced to sell her Logie Awards to survive.

But in a heartwarming moment, she picked one up during the show.

Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou has announced that she is presenting a Silver Logie “to Australia’s greatest TV legend”, who is the rightful owner of the award.

Displaced: Wallace was forced to sell her Logie Awards to survive, but she collected one during Channel Seven's The Fame match on Sunday night

Displaced: Wallace was forced to sell her Logie Awards to survive, but she collected one during Channel Seven’s The Fame match on Sunday night

‘Oh my god, is that really it? Oh my god, it is too!’ Wallace cried when he was handed the Logie and said it was his.

Wiping away her tears, she joked that it had been a few years since she had last seen him.

‘Oh thank you. I don’t know what to say,’ the emotional actress said, before revealing it was her 1983 Silver Logie for most popular lead actress.

Sweet: Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou (pictured) announced she was presenting a Silver Logie

Sweet: Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou (pictured) announced she was presenting a Silver Logie to ‘Australia’s biggest TV legend’, who was the rightful owner of the award

Wallace has won several Logies throughout his career.

In 1984, she won the Logie d’or and the Logie d’argent for the most popular actress and the best actress in a series. In 1985, she won the award for best lead actress in a series.

The Sons and Daughters star, who suffers from clinical depression, revealed in 2017 that she was struggling to survive on “about $400 a week.”

She reluctantly allowed friends to set up a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe to help fund a planned move to Brisbane.

Hard: The Sons and Daughters star, who suffers from clinical depression, revealed in 2017 that she was struggling to survive with

Hard: The Sons and Daughters star, who suffers from clinical depression, revealed in 2017 that she was struggling to survive on “around $400 a week”. She sold her Gold Logie several years ago to cover her living expenses

“I don’t know what else to do,” she confessed to The Daily Telegraph at the time.

The Home and Away alum remained conflicted about asking for the money and admitted she thought the public backlash was unavoidable and unavoidable.

She sold her Gold Logie several years ago to cover living expenses in the secluded Victorian home she shares with beloved pooches Phoebe and Reubus.

To make matters worse, she revealed, “I’m not in great shape. I have chronic pain, which is debilitating.

Star: The beloved star rose to fame on the soap opera Sons and Daughters, beginning her role as Patricia Dunne, nicknamed Pat the Rat, in 1981. Pictured from the soap opera

Star: The beloved star rose to fame on the soap opera Sons and Daughters, beginning her role as Patricia Dunne, nicknamed Pat the Rat, in 1981. Pictured from the soap opera

She revealed she had been anxious for years, with each upcoming bill pushing her further into panic.

Like many actors who got their start in the 60s, she revealed that she didn’t have a retirement fund because it wasn’t necessary at the time.

The beloved star rose to fame on the soap opera Sons and Daughters, beginning her role as Patricia Dunne, nicknamed Pat the Rat, in 1981.

Winner: Rowena has won several Logies throughout her career.  In 1984, she won the Logie d'or and the Logie d'argent for the most popular actress and the best actress in a series.  In 1985, she won the award for best lead actress in a series.  Featured on Sons and Daughters

Winner: Rowena has won several Logies throughout her career. In 1984, she won the Logie d’or and the Logie d’argent for the most popular actress and the best actress in a series. In 1985, she won the award for best lead actress in a series. Featured on Sons and Daughters