Home and Away has launched a number of Australia’s most well-known actors, including Chris Hemsworth, Naomi Watts, Guy Pearce, and Heath Ledger, after 34 years on the screen and around 8000 episodes.
However, once they’ve made it big in Hollywood, not everyone wants to talk about their time in Summer Bay.
Brook Hall, Channel Seven’s Director of Content Scheduling, spoke openly with TV Tonight about the long-running soap opera’s heritage and the undeserved criticism it frequently receives.
“I’m quite proud of Home and Away, and it’s arguably our most important show, as well as our most significant financial investment.” We are not obligated to do so. He stated, “We believe in it.”
“Over the previous 20 years, our greatest successful actor exports have come from the show that no one wants to count as premium drama.”
“Even though some of the actors don’t like talking about it when they get over there,” he said, “it’s a tremendous thing on actors’ resumes for LA since it has such good training.”
Melissa George, who played Angel Parrish in 466 episodes of Home and Away from 1993 to 1996 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, notably said in 2012 that she didn’t want to be asked about the serial opera in interviews.
“I don’t need my country’s credibility any longer; all I need is for everyone to stay quiet.” Please don’t speak to me anymore if they have nothing intelligent to say,’ Melissa told the Sun Herald.
“I’d rather be walking my French bulldog in New York City or eating a croissant in Paris.”
‘It would be entertaining.’
Brook Hall’s comments come after Isla Fisher, alum of Home and Away, opened up to Yahoo Lifestyle about whether she has ever contemplated returning to Summer Bay.
“Of course I’ve considered it!” she said. “I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t that be hilarious?’ However, the reality is that you must give plenty of warning, then it must be written in, and finally you must commit.
“But, obviously, it would be wonderful at some point to just go past with a surfboard or anything.”