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They’d never been in­tro­duced be­fore, but when Melina Vi­dler and Ben­son Jack An­thony (above) met at the call back au­di­tions for 800 Words, they in­stantly hit it off.

“I’d seen Ben­son be­fore in the same au­di­tions and re­mem­bered him be­cause he’s ob­vi­ously quite dis­tinct with this red hair and freck­les and beauty,” re­calls Vi­dler.

“We met and said ‘hello’ as we were wait­ing to go in and ran our lines once and that went fine,” adds Jack An­thony.

“Then I got called in to do a line with Erik Thom­son and Melina walked in and we all im­me­di­ately con­nected. It flowed and went nicely and we both walked out and went, “That was fun, hope­fully I’ll see you — bye!”

The chem­istry be­tween Vi­dler and Jack An­thony was ob­vi­ous to the show’s pro­duc­ers as well, so it seems like fate they were cast in the roles of sib­lings Shay and Arlo Turner.

The duo spent months pre­par­ing for and film­ing the show both in Aus­tralia and New Zealand and say a sim­i­lar sense of hu­mour and a shared joy for the job saw their bond grow even closer.

“We spend a lot of time to­gether so we get on each other’s nerves as well,” jokes Vi­dler.


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