A bit of humility
Life experience helps with playing a lout, writes Darren Devlyn
KOBY Abberton has taken some convincing that there’s a connection between imitation and flattery. Abberton is one of the renowned Maroubra ‘‘ Bra Boys’’, the surf tribe which has been the inspiration for the tattooed, loutish River Boys who recently arrived in Home and Away’s Summer Bay.
When surfer Abberton was asked on radio to comment on the River Boys, he admitted some of his mates were teasing him about the iconic Aussie soap’s storyline.
‘‘ I don’t know if they are trying to take the p---out of the Bra Boys,’’ he said of the popular show.
‘‘ I’ve had some of the hottest girls in the world call
‘‘ Some of the toughest blokes I’ve met have been softly spoken, but you know they are not to be messed with.
‘‘ I’ve done a lot of crap jobs in my life, so when you get a job like this, you think how bloody lucky you are.
‘‘ I worked for $3 an hour as a jackaroo in shearing sheds and stockyards and mustering sheep and cattle. That was unreal because it taught me about hard work.
‘‘ I also unloaded freight trucks for three years. I’d take an acting text to work with me and read it. Or I’d read an acting book, like Stella Adler (legendary acting teacher), and mull over it for the six hours I was at work unloading trucks.
‘‘ Whenever I see someone emptying a bin or something, I say ‘ g’day’, because I did that. And cleaned out toilets. Doing that and dealing with the way people look at you— it teaches you a bit of humility.’’ Home and Away, Channel 7, weeknights, 7pm