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Ro­han Ni­chol reck­ons he’s landed a dream role, be­cause his char­ac­ter Ben As­toni is the type of guy he’d hang out with on week­ends.

‘He’s a good guy, he’s a guy I’d like to have a beer with!’ Ro­han says, laugh­ing. ‘I like the fact that Ben is very loyal and he’s a lover. He’s very in love with his wife.’

Stay­ing fit for his role, the 41-year-old ex­plains, is all about bal­ance.

‘It’s good to keep your­self in shape. It’s some­thing I’ve tried to keep an eye on over the years, and now I’m in my 40s, it be­comes more im­por­tant than ever,’ Ro­han says.

‘There is a greater in­cen­tive, when you have a scene on the beach, to re­ally pay close at­ten­tion to what you’re do­ing. But Ben doesn’t have to look like a su­per­hero, he just needs to be like me – a guy who stays in shape, but en­joys a beer on the week­end.’

Gush­ing about his on-screen wife Kestie Mo­rassi, he re­veals: ‘She’s a beau­ti­ful lady and a fine, fine ac­tor.’

Play­ing a dad to teenage daugh­ters, Ro­han has picked up tips if he ever be­comes a dad in real life.

‘I’ve learnt some­times it’s best to lis­ten and let young peo­ple talk,’ Ro­han ad­mits. ‘Very of­ten I tend to just want to fix some­thing im­me­di­ately, rather than ac­tu­ally hear some­body. I think it’s very im­por­tant with teenagers that they’re heard.’ To top it off, his fans love Ben! ‘Peo­ple are al­ways so happy to see me,’ says Ro­han. ‘You do your work but don’t know how it’s be­ing re­ceived un­til you get out there, and it’s like: “Wow! We’re reach­ing a lot of peo­ple!”’

Surf’s up for th­ese Bay besties. The ac­tor re­veals the im­por­tance of keep­ing fit in his 40s, as well as his de­sire to be friends with his char­ac­ter Ben.

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