Stephen Peacocke takes humility to a whole new level. The 35-year-old wasn’t sure he would be asked back for a second season of Wanted.
Peacocke, who shot to fame in 2011 as Darryl “Brax” Braxton in Home and Away, was so popular as the River Boy he won three Logies and was nominated for Gold.
Married to Summer Bay alum, actor Bridgette Sneddon in 2014, he made his last appearance on Home and Away in mid-2015.
Since then he has straddled Australia and Los Angeles, mixing Wanted with Hollywood films Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Me Before You.
In season two of Wanted, Peacocke’s Detective Josh Levine is back tracking Lola Buckley (Rebecca Gibney) and Chelsea Babbage (Geraldine Hakewill) as the action moves to New Zealand.
You’re back for the second season of Wanted. Why? It was never a given I was coming back. I never think I’m going to be any good at any of these (roles). When Rebecca called me I said “do you really want me to come back?” You can never take anything for granted being an actor.
You must have enjoyed playing Detective Josh Levine. The opportunity to do something different was appealing. I’d never worked with Rebecca before. I’d passed her a few times in the corridors at Channel 7. Everyone spoke highly of her. It has all proven to be true because she is awesome to work with.
He’s still chasing Lola and Chelsea. What’s next? He believed in the innocence of these women in season one – that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. This season, the audience will see that belief really challenged.
Was it the right decision leaving Home and Away? It was great to have that awesome job and one of the best written characters on the show ever, I reckon.
What has it been like working in Hollywood? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (with Tina Fey) had Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directing, who were super laid back. It was like a giant student film. Me Before You (with Emilia Clarke) had this fantastic director (Thea Sharrock) who had only done theatre before. She micro-managed every line. I’d never worked like that before. It felt quite awkward but it was the performance I liked the most personally.
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STEPHEN PEACOCKE ON THE RISKS
Stephen Peacocke relished the chance to work on Wanted.