Aimee Osbourne Reaches New 'Heights'

07/11/2003 AT 09:04 AM EDT

The last of the Osbournes is finally stepping out of the shadows.

Aimee Osbourne, 19, who is notable for being the Osbourne who refused to appear on MTV's "The Osbournes," will finally make her debut before the cameras -- acting in a secondary role in an MTV musical adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic "Wuthering Heights," set to air Sept. 4, reports Reuters.

Her role will be that of Raquelle, best friend of the lovelorn Isabelle, who will be played by former "Roswell" star Katherine Heigl.

As fans of the original novel and the great 1939 movie (starring Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as Cathy) know, Isabelle (Geraldine Fitzgerald in the '39 movie) marries a vengeful Heathcliff once Cathy shuns him in favor of Isabelle's noble but pallid brother, Edgar (formerly played by David Niven).

At a press conference to announce this new "Heights," Osbourne, who studied acting in London, told reporters: "I don't have huge intentions to be some big actress. I was casually asked. It was a great experience and I'm glad I did it."

As for why she held out on joining the rest of her family in what became a hit reality sitcom: "I wasn't 100 percent comfortable with it," she says. "I was 17, I wasn't very confident, I was shy, it was just a huge risk for me to take as well as my family.

"That to me was really intimidating and scary."

Compare that to a comment this week from her father, Ozzy, 54, who was asked why, given all the travails his family has suffered this past year (Sharon's cancer, Jack's painkiller addiction), did he sign on for another season, the show's third?

"Because I missed the f---ing cameras, to be honest," he replied.

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