A whole new ball game
From the golden sands of Summer Bay to the MCG, acting has taken Reece Milne (above) to high and low places in between.
When he won the role of Doc in new ABC footy drama The Warriors, he was driving a bread truck to make ends meet.
“I finished work at eight in the morning, had a coffee, then went round to the audition,” he says. “I was too exhausted to psych myself out of it or to worry. I was really hoping to get it because driving that bread truck was really tough.”
Milne says he had run out of cash earned during his stint on Home and Away.
“I did a shocking job at saving,” he says. “I spent every penny I had in LA doing pilot season.”
So the role of a footy bad boy came as something of a godsend to Milne. Starring alongside Lisa McCune, John Howard and Vince Colosimo, his character has a penchant for playing up.
“He’s got that sort of dark, brooding thing that you can sink your teeth into. He isn’t really a baddie — I’ve been playing a lot of baddies — he’s very three dimensional.”
Professional footy players often make headlines for the wrong reasons, providing The Warriors with plenty of inspiration for storylines. Expected to be role models at a young age, Milne says it’s little wonder they get in trouble.
“They give them half a million bucks a year then wonder why at 23 they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing,” he says. “More needs to be done to prepare the kids for that transition. And of course we need to remember it’s just a game.”
WATCH THE WARRIORS, ABC, WEDNESDAY, 9.30PM