Doctor Doctor’s ‘two wives’
Most wives wouldn’t approve of their husbands kissing other women, and for Doctor Doctor’s Ryan Johnson it’s no different.
The difference for Ryan is that his wife Tamara Asmar is a writer for the Channel Nine drama and has control over who her husband is kissing on screen – making it interesting for his character Matt Knight and TV wife Charlie Knight (Nicole da Silva).
‘My wife writes on the show,’ Ryan, 37, reveals. ‘In the episodes she writes, it’s always [written] like: “Charlie nuzzles into Matt, they hold hands,” but all the other episodes are like: “They’ve just finished making love on the washing machine.”’
Having his wife on set means he and Tamara have the perk of not spending time apart.
‘It’s awesome. She can come out to Mudgee [where the show is mostly filmed] and come out on the episodes she’s written. She doesn’t have to lie to work because she is at work!’
Ryan also feels blessed to have an awesome TV wife in Nicole, who also stars on Foxtel drama Wentworth as the intimidating Franky Doyle.
‘I was a little scared of Nicole when I first met her because I [only] knew her from Wentworth, but she is the sweetest, loveliest person,’ Ryan gushes. ‘She makes it very easy to have to do all those loveydovey scenes – not that it would be hard anyway, but she’s an awesome person.’
Now in its second season, Ryan is thrilled to have found
‘She makes it very easy to have to do all those lovey-dovey scenes... she’s an awesome person’ THE DOCTOR DOCTOR STAR SPILLS ON THE TWO SPECIAL WOMEN IN HIS LIFE
success on the show after a string of bit parts and cancellations.
‘One of the most exciting things about our show being received well is getting to do a second season,’ Ryan explains. ‘You start the show and you go: “This is going to be a great place to spend the next few years.” But then you think: “I always get cancelled!” This one we kicked a** and the more seasons the better. I have children to feed!’
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Doctor Doctor airs Wednesday, 8.40pm, Channel Nine. Ryan and Nicole often lock lips on the show, but the actor only has eyes for his real-life wife Tamara and daughter Alia (both below). Ryan’s thrilled with Doctor Doctor’s success and hopes there are more seasons of the show to come.