Takaya Honda, who plays David Tanaka on Neighbours, spoke to Digital Spy about David Tanaka’s unexpected discovery of newcomer Dean Covey coming up next week.
David and his spouse Aaron (Matt Wilson) have recently been seen squabbling about Dean, who works as a cleaner at the Erinsborough Hospital.
David has been telling Dean (Travis Cotton) about his recent marital problems. When Aaron found out, he suspected Dean of having affections for David.
Although David has disregarded this hypothesis, he will be surprised when Dean tries to kiss him at work next week.
“It’s such a combination of feelings for David,” Takaya remarked to Digital Spy about David’s reaction. He’s plainly remorseful and regretful that Aaron was correct all along about Dean’s desire for more.
“He also feels thoroughly deceived by Dean, because Dean had given David the impression that he was in a safe environment where he could say whatever he wanted.
“David mistook this person’s offer of friendship for a genuine connection, but Dean’s closeness to him had a hidden agenda.”
“At the end of the day, David has to deal with a massive betrayal, as well as the remorse he feels for Aaron.”
“Whether they’re loved-up or whether there’s tension, I love filming it because at the centre of it, is a really powerful love,” Takaya said when asked if he preferred playing David and Aaron when they’re squabbling or when they’re in love.
“Rather than ‘will they survive it,’ it’s usually a storey about ‘how will they get through this?'”
“I believe that is a stronger and better narrative to tell, demonstrating how long-term relationships can endure, especially on Ramsay Street, where some of the most bizarre and emotional circumstances may occur!”
“It’s so much fun for me to get to explore that with Matt and come up with new ways to tell these stories.” We try to keep in mind that whether they are upset at each other or not, there is still love between them.
“We still see the love because there isn’t as much agony when you’re upset at someone you don’t like as there is when you’re mad at someone you love.” What sells those moments is getting that pain to transfer.”