Myles away from the main game, and loving it
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