Feeling the heat
Glades star Matt Passmore is hot and a little bothered, writes Holly Byrnes
MATT Passmore’s mum is worried. Not only is her son living on the other side of the world, getting home to Australia just once a year, he’s working so hard there’s been little time for a personal life.
He is loath to go into detail, but his long-term relationship with former Mcleod’s Daughters co-star Rachael Carpani ended this year, as the pressures of starring on hit US drama series The Glades took their toll.
‘‘ When you’re on the show, your personal life grinds to a halt,’’ Passmore says. ‘‘ My mum will tell you it’s a terrible sacrifice to make.
‘‘ I never seem to call enough.’’ For her part, Carpani, who is filming a key role in the new US drama Against the Wall, recently said: ‘‘ I am single and happy. We work really long hours on the show. I’m exhausted.’’
Passmore takes us through his own schedule: 18-hour days, six-day weeks, in the steaming hot wilds of the Florida coast.
We’re talking gator country, or worse for some, the occasional habitat of the Kardashians and Snooki from Jersey Shore. Not that he gets out to celebrity hot spots, keeping to himself, in a ‘‘ bubble’’ of exhaustion, serving the ‘‘ brutal regime’’ of series television.
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Then there are the ‘‘ Gladies’’,gladies,’’ the female fan club hot and bothered by Passmore’s performance, who arrive on locations by the busload. With a wry smile, he acknowledges this upside to the job. ‘‘ We have a very loyal, very opinionated audience. You sign a few autographs, both on pads and a little bit of bare skin. But hey, if people like the show, you’ve got to be appreciative,’’ he says, grinning. On screen, things are heating up between Passmore’s character Jim Longworth, a wise-cracking cop who talks 12 to the dozen, and nurse Callie (Kiele Sanchez), a single mother worn down by his charm.
In season two it gets complicated when her jailed husband is set free and returns to Palm Glades.
‘‘ She sees him around their kid again, then Jim has someone from his past come back too . . . so it gets very complicated, uncomfortable and a bit raw.’’
Their chemistry is obvious, played up by producers in sizzle reels to promote the show.
‘‘ We do get along really well,’’ Passmore says.
‘‘ We’re all down there in an ark together, as a cast and crew, you’re going through s--- together, handling the heat together, the mosquitoes. That’s bonding in itself.’’
In Sunday’s episode on Fox- tel’s W channel, Det Samantha Harper tracks a serial killer from Chicago to Florida, where she and Longworth team up to solve the crime.
Walking a fine line of comedy and tragedy, Passmore says the program ‘‘ doesn’t work if we take ourselves too seriously’’.
‘‘ The great thing is it’s a light cop procedural. There is a bit of froth and bubble and entertainment about a very dark subject matter.’’
Learning the art of real police work has been part of this boy’s own adventure.
‘‘ It’s been great to do a day of hand-to-hand combat training,’’ he says.
‘‘ Then on the Monday someone’s taking a swing at Jim and I’m there thinking ‘ oooh, I can do this and this and this’.’’ The Glades (series 2), Wchannel,wchannel, Sunday, 8.30pm7.30pm, The Glades (series 1), Channel 10, Mondaymonday, 8.30pm Former Summer Bay regular has a key role as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood. Former Without A Trace regular is carrying crime drama Unforgettable.
Tough schedule: Matt Passmore’s working hard.