Alex on date with destiny
If Alex Papps gets his way, tonight’s small role in Offspring will be another step to reviving his acting career.
Papps plays recently-divorced Simon who has a restaurant date with Billie Proudman (Kat Stewart).
The Offspring gig comes after another small part in ABC drama Seven Types of Ambiguity. The 48-year-old hopes to secure more acting jobs after a dozen years as a presenter on Play School.
“I was a bit nervous (about appearing on Offspring) because I don’t act all the time,” Papps says. “When you come in as a guest actor you have to make an impression.
“I didn’t know Kat very well but acting opposite her was wonderful. She made everything very easy and relaxed.”
Papps was still in his teens when he shot to prominence as Vinnie Cerontonio in The Henderson Kids 2. Playing foster child Frank Morgan on Home and Away took that popularity to a whole new level.
But Papps was never comfortable with the fame and left the series in 1989 to join the cast of The Flying Doctors. He returned for guest stints in 1991, 2000 and 2002.
“Next year is the 30th anniversary which is wonderful and alarming at the same time,” Papps says. “It is nice to meet people who enjoyed me in Home and Away many years ago, and now their kids are coming along to see me in Play School.
“But I’m still on the audition trail and very committed to acting more. I’d love to have the opportunity to explore a character (in a drama) beyond a guest role.”
OFFSPRING, TEN, WEDNESDAY, 8.30PM