JETSETTING LIFE THE RIGHT FIT
LUKE Jacobz knows a thing or two about hotels — for the past few years he’s basically been living out of a suitcase. No wonder Seven had him in mind to host their new reality TV format, Instant Hotel, which sees 10 teams of two open up their homes to strangers to compete to see who can have the “best instant hotel”.
The show taps into a worldwide trend of homeowners renting out their homes as holiday accommodation through sites like Airbnb — something Jacobz has done while trying to crack it in the US.
“I was based there for the whole of last year, but I’ve been back and forth (to Australia) a lot this year with the show,” he says.
“I’ve done Airbnb a few times. I’m renting with a couple of friends in Bondi, and when I’m gone, and depending how long I am gone for, the guys will rent out my room.’’
Jacobz, who first found mainstream acclaim as the host of
Popstars Live in 2004, has also enjoyed a successful acting career, beginning with a small role on
Heartbreak High, followed by stints on
McLeod’s Daughters and Home and Away. For seven seasons he also hosted The X Factor.
Last year he decided to give Hollywood a proper crack, relocating to audition locally. “I’ve been auditioning for a lot of action/drama stuff,” he says. “It’s been really fun. But it’s hard to do auditions when you’re running away from a car chase — and the room you’re in is 3m x 3m.”
Jacobz is a part of an increasingly large contingent of Aussie actors in LA, although he says he made a pact with himself when he first moved to try to meet local people. “I wanted to have new experiences and make new friends,” he says. “But I do catch up with the Aussie crowd as well. “I hang out with (ex-Home and Away
actors) Kim Cooper and I saw Esther (Anderson) the other day.”
Jacobz, who made headlines earlier this year when he popped up on a dating app in Australia, is now happy to admit he’s off the market.
“I do have a lady,” he admits. “She is American and her name is Raychel. I’ve known her for a while — we met at a trivia night a while ago.” /CLARE RIGDEN
WATCH INSTANT HOTEL, Channel Seven, tonight, 7.30pm