A bit of hu­mil­ity

Life ex­pe­ri­ence helps with play­ing a lout, writes Dar­ren Dev­lyn

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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

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