Myles away from the main game, and lov­ing it

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - COLIN VICK­ERY TV WRITER

What­ever hap­pened to Myles Pol­lard? That is the ques­tion TV view­ers have been ask­ing in re­cent years.

The 42-year-old was a ma­jor star back in the early 2000s when he played hunky Nick Ryan in McLeod’s Daugh­ters.

Pol­lard (right) quit Chan­nel 9’s out­back drama in 2006, af­ter five sea­sons, say­ing he wanted to pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties in the US. That same year Pol­lard mar­ried for­mer Fox­tel weather pre­sen­ter Brigitta Wuthe.

The Hol­ly­wood ca­reer never even­tu­ated. In­stead, Pol­lard re­turned to tele­vi­sion with a small role in Home and Away, an episode of Packed to the Rafters, kids’ se­ries Dou­ble Trou­ble, and four episodes of Un­der­belly.

Pol­lard didn’t ex­actly fall off the grid, but fair to say he has been miss­ing in ac­tion for long stretches of time. His last ma­jor credit was pro­ducer and co-star of 2012 Aussie surf film Drift, along­side Sam Wor­thing­ton.

“Five years on one tele­vi­sion show is a long time,” Pol­lard says, ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to leave McLeod’s Daugh­ters.

“I wanted a change. I wanted to work at a slower pace in film. Some­times, though, you don’t re­alise how good a job is un­til you leave it. The older you get, the wiser you get. You think ‘that was ac­tu­ally a re­ally good gig and they don’t come along that of­ten’.”

Now Pol­lard is back in the spotlight, play­ing Dr James Ed­munds on Home and Away. Ed­munds grew up in Sum­mer Bay but moved away. He re­turns, hop­ing for a qui­eter life and to pos­si­bly re­con­nect with Roo (Ge­orgie Parker).

“I’ve been out of the TV game for quite a few years so I went in there a lit­tle ner­vous at the start,” Pol­lard ad­mits.

“James is honourable and ded­i­cated to his pro­fes­sion but he has flaws. He does have a se­cret. It is pretty ob­vi­ous he is there to serve Ge­orgie’s char­ac­ter — to pro­vide her with a love in­ter­est and some chal­lenges along the way.

“Ge­orgie al­le­vi­ated my nerves straight away. We got to im­pro­vise some scenes and I found out that she is re­ally imag­i­na­tive and play­ful.”

Three years ago, Pol­lard, who was born in Perth, de­cided on a sea change. He and Wuthe and seven-year-old son Ronin re­lo­cated from Syd­ney to Duns­bor­ough, on the WA coast.

Pol­lard is re­laxed about the di­rec­tion his life has taken. Ma­jor star­dom has eluded him, but that suits him just fine.

“I was sick of chas­ing cab­bage (money) and just fo­cus­ing on ca­reer,” Pol­lard says. “We re­set our lives and slowed down. I’ve been coach­ing my son’s soc­cer team and try­ing to smell the roses.”

HOME AND AWAY, CHAN­NEL 7, WEEK­NIGHTS, 7PM

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