Trying not to laugh while filming Melbourne comedian Ronny Chieng’s latest series International Student was the biggest challenge for budding Keilor Downs actress Ashleigh Stewart.

The 23-year-old features in the series’ second episode, which goes to air on the ABC on Wednesday at 9pm. “The show should do really well, the writing is hilarious,” Stewart said.

The sitcom was filmed at The University of Melbourne in October last year and is an autobiographical comedy starring Chieng, a Malaysian-born law student who struggles to fit in at university.

The show’s pilot recently won short film production of the year at the 16th Screen Producers Australia awards.

Stewart said she hopes to pursue a career in the film industry and is eyeing off a move to Los Angeles to further her chance of making the silver screen. “My plan is to head overseas, I’m always auditioning for roles over there,” she said.