Lads far away from home

The River Boys keep their shirts on and wear their hearts on their sleeves as Home and Away heads to the UK, re­ports

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Deb­bie Schipp

LOVE and loy­al­ties may be tested as Home

and Away’s res­i­dent brat pack heads to Lon­don on the pop­u­lar Seven soap this week. But off- screen, Lin­coln Younes and Steve Pea­cocke’s re­la­tion­ships and lives are far less com­pli­cated.

The pair, who play River Boys Casey and Brax on Home and Away, have spent three years forg­ing an off- screen friend­ship as their al­ter- egos’ lives have un­folded on screen.

Pea­cocke, 32, says Younes, 22, brings out the best in him pro­fes­sion­ally. Equally, Pea­cocke’s calm pres­ence has made Younes’ first full- time act­ing gig an easy one to set­tle into.

“Linc is like a bloody pup – wher­ever you take him you have to keep the leash pretty tight, other­wise he wan­ders off,” Pea­cocke dead­pans.

The trip to Lon­don gave Younes the chance to take care of some un­fin­ished busi­ness. “I was go­ing trav­el­ling be­fore I got the role on

Home and Away three years ago, and put that on hold to take the job,” he says.

“Three years on, I got to go any­way for work, so it worked out nicely.”

And he wel­comed the chance to rug up against the Lon­don cold rather than have to stay in shape for those emerg­ing- from- the- sur­fat- Sum­mer- Bay shots that have won the River Boys a legion of young fe­male fans.

“I was like, ‘ Stuff this, I’m gonna have beers and burg­ers’,” he says. “I apol­o­gise for any shirt­less scenes straight af­ter it.”

The young ac­tor ad­mits he’s mys­ti­fied by the fan re­ac­tion to the River Boys’ as­sets. “I still find it com­pletely odd,” he laughs. “I couldn’t get a start with girls be­fore I started on the show. I find the whole thing very odd.

“I have an amaz­ing girl­friend of two years – she keeps me well- grounded.”

As far as stay­ing grounded, Younes need look no fur­ther than Pea­cocke for cues. Pea­cocke was given a hia­tus from Home and

Away duty last year to shoot his first fea­ture film, Her­cules, due for re­lease in the US in July.

The movie, a joint cre­ation of Hol­ly­wood heavy- hit­ters MGM and Para­mount, sees him in a sup­port­ing role along­side Dwayne John­son, Joseph Fi­ennes and Ru­fus Sewell and could be the break into movies he has dreamed of.

And he’s typ­i­cally philo­soph­i­cal about knock­ing on Hol­ly­wood’s door.

“I re­ally only had a small role, but the pro­duc­ers and ev­ery­one in­volved seemed to like my work,” he says.

“Whether or not that fits into the fi­nal cut I don’t know.

“Hope­fully it does and that leads to more work down the track. I want to be in films – that was the orig­i­nal dream – but this Home and

Away ride has been a dream in it­self.” For now, Pea­cocke is en­joy­ing his re­cent en­gage­ment to long- time love Brigette Sned­don – a re­la­tion­ship he laughs is far less fraught than the one that takes Brax to Lon­don to win back his girl­friend.

“Ricky [ Bon­nie Sveen] has made a choice and she hasn’t cho­sen him, so Brax thinks a grand ges­ture is in or­der,” Pea­cocke says.

“Al­though God knows how he ac­tu­ally got into the coun­try with his crim­i­nal record. Thank­fully, my life’s far more nor­mal.

“I didn’t have to chase across sev­eral coun­tries to get my girl.”

STICK­ING TO­GETHER: Dan Ewing, Steve Pea­cocke and Lin­coln Younes travel to Lon­don in Home and Away.

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