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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

GY­TON Grant­ley is get­ting clucky.

Grant­ley, who wowed Aus­tralia with his chill­ing por­trait of un­der­world fig­ure Carl Wil­liams in Un­der­belly, is a softie in real life.

The 32- year- old would love noth­ing bet­ter than to get mar­ried and have chil­dren.

‘‘ I’m at a stage of my life where I’m keen to set­tle down and start a fam­ily, just take on a few more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that aren’t so per­sonal, aren’t so self­ish,’’ Grant­ley says.

Grant­ley, who is sin­gle, has had to turn to fic­tion to get his wish.

He plays a fa­ther in House Hus­bands, which cen­tres on four young fam­i­lies where the men are in charge of rais­ing the kids.

Gary Sweet plays Lewis, who is a stay- ath­ome dad af­ter sell­ing his build­ing busi­ness.

Fi­rass Di­rani ( Un­der­belly: The Golden Mile ) is Justin, a for­mer foot­baller in the mid­dle of a cus­tody bat­tle for his three kids.

Rhys Mul­doon’s Mark is try­ing to jug­gle part- time work with look­ing af­ter five- year- old Poppy. And Grant­ley plays gay dad Kane Al­bert.

Kane and part­ner Tom ( Tim Camp­bell) have been rais­ing Stella ( Ed­wina Royce) since the death of Tom’s sis­ter ( Stella’s mum) in a car ac­ci­dent.

Comedian Ju­lia Mor­ris, Natalie Saleeba and Leah de Niese play the mums and Un­der­belly Ra­zor’s Anna McGa­han plays Lewis’s daugh­ter.

Kane is a world away from Carl Wil­liams and that is the way Grant­ley likes it.

‘‘ I ini­tially au­di­tioned for an­other part [ in House Hus­bands] and they called me back in for Kane,’’ Grant­ley says.

‘‘ The mo­ment the au­di­tion started, it just felt right. I re­late to Kane in quite a lot of ways.

‘‘ Kane is quite neu­rotic and para­noid. I can get like that.

‘‘ Like Kane, I’m a very sen­si­tive hu­man be­ing. I feel very com­fort­able in his skin.’’

House Hus­bands breaks new ground for an Aussie drama by fea­tur­ing gay par­ents.

The near­est equiv­a­lent is US sit­com Mod­ern Fam­ily, which fea­tures Eric Ston­estreet and Jesse Tyler Fer­gu­son as Cameron and Mitchell, a gay cou­ple who adopt a baby, Lily.

The beauty of House Hus­bands is that it

CLUCKY: Gy­ton Grant­ley ( left) would love to have kids one day; the dads and their chil­dren; his on- screen daugh­ter Stella ( Ed­wina Royce) ( op­po­site page); and Gary Sweet ( in­set).

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