Matt Le Nevez
The nation mourned when Matt Le Nevez — and Dr Patrick Reid — departed Offspring in 2014. But the Australian actor hopes there’s a happier ending in sight for his latest character, acter, Jim Marsh.
Having joined oined Love LoveChild Child in season two, Le Nevez’s Marsh has won hearts, arts, including that of the show’s’s leading lady. But given he’s currentlyurrently languishing in prison, will ill it all end in tears again for TVV viewers?
What can you tell us about where Jim is when Love Child returns on Monday? We start the e season and Joan (Jessica Marais) rais) is looking after his young child hild while Jim’s in prison. He’ss stuck and not sure how he’s going ing to get out. He is talking to a lawyer but the case isn’t looking g very strong.
Is Jim a character aracter you can relate ate to personally? ? That’s a goodod question. With Jim therehere are certain traits ts I can relate to and they’rere not necessarily his best qualities. He’s e’s very stubborn. And nd he’s fiercely independentependent and finds it hardd to take any help from anyone. nyone. That’s quite a male e thing and I can relate to – but ut when you’re reading the scripts you can see it as a fault ult of his. He’s fiercely loyalal which is a quality I admire. But then he can get himself intoo trouble because of that loyalty because he cuts off his nose to spitepite his face.
Love Child is a little like Offspring ing in that the femalemale cast and characters are very dominant. Do you enjoy those kinds of dramas? I do, I really enjoy it actually, especially in a world today where there’s a big push across all of the arts to try and get gender equality. To be involved in two shows that champion that, I’m very proud. I wasn’t really looking to go over to another television series (after Offspring) but it made it easier for me having seen the first season of Love Child, seeing what strong women they are, how strong the performances are. Did you have strong female role models growing up? My mother was a really strong role model in my life but I can’t remember too many strong female role models on television. I think it is important for young girls and boys to see women making decisions independently, and not feel like they’ve got to be someone’s sister or someo someone’s girlfriend or someone’s wife.w So often in film and televisiontelevis the female role is someone else’s partner or sidekick whe whereas in this show it’s the men wh who are in that role and I revel in th that. That’s a beautiful thing thing.
Offspring is aboutab to launch a new season. W Will you watch it? I live over in LA but I’ll try to watch as much as I can. I watched quite a bit last season with PatrickBrPatrick Brammall on the show and I knowkn a couple of the cast who’vewho joined this (new) serie series. I’m a huge fan of so many of the actors on this. I can’ can’t wait to see what that crazy clan get up to.
You’ve f filmed two other series th that will release this yea year — The Ketteri Kettering Incident and Brock. What’s next? I’m com coming back (to Austra Australia) to do some public publicity for The KetteringKetteri Incident but I’m tryin trying to spend as much tim time as I can with my family family. I had a good year and a h half away from them so I wa want to spend as much time w with my son (Levi) as I canc while he’s young andan before he heads to school. There are a few things floating around laterl in the year, but I’m enjoying the downt downtime.
LOVE CHILD, CHANNELCHA 9, MONDAY,MO 8.30PM