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BY DAR­REN DEV­LYN

JONATHAN Pa­trick Moore has had a break­through in Hol­ly­wood. The for­mer Neigh­bours and All Saints reg­u­lar, who moved to the US last year, plays Prince Wil­liam’s fic­tional best mate Ian Mus­grave in the tele­movie Wil­liam & Kate: A Mod­ern Day Fairy Tale. What kind of char­ac­ter is Ian? He’s a char­ac­ter who is not taken by celebrity sta­tus. He’s writ­ten as some­one who is a great guy to hang out with. He prom­ises Wil­liam he won’t sell him out. You had very lit­tle prepa­ra­tion time for the role. Was it a tough shoot? It wasn’t tense. It was a re­ally pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment on set — a re­ally co­he­sive group of peo­ple. Whyis now the right time for you to be try­ing your luck in Los An­ge­les? I’d hate to look back and be left say­ing ‘‘what if?’’ I felt I had a good body of work be­hind me to go over there and my girl­friend (dancer Talia) had an op­por­tu­nity to head over. I got my green card last year so that’s great to have. You need staying power. It’s crazy and it’s tough there. You changed your name when you went to the US. Why­was that? When I signed with my agent, the Screen Ac­tors’ Guild called and said that when I worked on a SAG pro­ject, I’d need to change my name be­cause they al­ready had a Jonathan Wood as part of the union. I was re­ally up­set about it. I thought, how am I meant to just come up with a new name? I fig­ured the only name I could carry was Jonathan Pa­trick Moore be­cause my mum’s name was Pa­tri­cia Moore and she was killed be­fore my 10th birth­day and it was a way to keep her with me on this jour­ney. What hap­pened to your mum? She was in a car ac­ci­dent in Ade­laide. Ten is a young age to lose your mum. Was there a strong ma­ter­nal in­flu­ence in your life af­ter she passed away? It just forced me to grow up pretty quickly, I think. Wil­liam& Kate: A Mod­ern Day Fairy Tale, Chan­nel 10, 8.30pm, Wed­nes­day, April 27

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