Olympia Valance & Ryan Moloney
With their characters’ lives left in the balance in 2015’s Neighbours cliffhanger, will Olympia Valance and Ryan Moloney return to Ramsey St? The pair talk about the moment they realised their time might be up on the hit soap.
When your character’s life is in danger in the season finale, do you instantly assume you’ve been fired and people forgot to tell you? Moloney: “Well, you know how long your contract is. I suppose if it was towards the end of your contract you’d start to worry.” Valance: “I actually have gone to people at the top and said, ‘Please don’t kill me! I don’t want to die!’ I love my job and I love Neighbours so I was like, ‘Please don’t!”
It’s not unheard of for a soap character to come back from the dead though, or return as an evil twin … Valance: “That’s true. Scott McGregor, who plays my partner Mark on the show, died and came back. He came back from witness protection so I guess that could happen to me.”
Did you two chat after you realised you were both part of the cliffhanger? Valance: I have to be honest with you, I only ever read my scripts. So I don’t know what happens until the show airs. and then I’m like, ‘Oh my God, is that what’s happening?” Moloney: “Personally, I’ve got my scenes and I come to work and do what I’ve got to do and then I spend the rest of my time studying for aviation (Moloney is studying for a commercial pilot’s licence). So in terms of knowing other people’s storylines, good luck.
Do you watch the show? Valance: “I live next door to my mother and she’s obsessed with the show. So almost every night I’m like, ‘Come on over, Neighbours is on,’ and we sit and eat dinner and watch it.” Moloney: “No, I don’t. Toadie’s married to somebody else and I don’t want my kids to see me kissing another woman.”
Should your characters make it to live another day on Ramsey St, what would you like to see happen to them? Moloney: “I’d like to see Toadie go on a holiday to Vanuatu. Just have some time off on a nice sandy beach somewhere and drink pina coladas by the pool.” Valance: “I’d like to see a future for Paige and Mark. I think they’ve gone through enough over the past year and it would be nice for Paige to have a bit of stability and happiness in her life. But who knows? It is Neighbours — nothing ever goes to plan.” NEIGHBOURS, ELEVEN, WEEKDAYS, 6.25PM
Olympia Valance and Ryan Moloney’s characters may not survive another year.