Feel­ing the heat

Glades star Matt Pass­more is hot and a lit­tle both­ered, writes Holly Byrnes

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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.

But be­fore you cue the vi­o­lins, let’s take a re­al­ity check here.

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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.

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