Man of mystery
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, another bad boy is set to steam up Summer Bay. By DEBBIE SCHIPP
NOBODY could quite work out Reece Milne at school. The sporty crowd thought he was arty. The arts crowd thought he was sporty.
That’s what happens when you’re a bloke who plays rugby, rows, studies drama, writes poetry and ships off the occasional song lyrics to a musical mate. The 23- year- old laughs off the tag of
man of mystery – although that’s exactly what he’ll be playing when he wanders up the beach and into Home and Away this week. Milne’s fi rst scenes as Wayne ‘ Tank’ Snelgrove air on Wednesday – fi ve months after he won the role and started shooting scenes.
“I’m looking forward to it actually going to air rather than standing around and nobody knowing who you are,” Milne laughs, of his biggest TV gig since graduating from acting studies at Queensland University of Technology and moving to Sydney early last year.
That fi rst year in Sydney was a lean one, he admits: “I was very poor, as most fi rst- year actors out of university are.”
He used some of the time to write – as well as acting appearances in shortlived teen drama Lightning Point and as Ben in Australian feature fi lm Rise – he has also written two stage plays and is working on two new scripts; and reignited his rugby union career.
“I’ve always been a massive rugby fan, but hadn’t played since high school and thought I’ll give it a go,” he says.
“Then I remembered how massive everyone is compared to me – and remembered why I stopped.”
The Home and Away breakthrough came early this year after he auditioned for the role of Hunter on the show – a role he lost to Scott Lee. A month later he was off ered the role of Tank.
“He’s every bad boy cliché rolled into one really,” Milne says. “He’s cunning. Nobody knows where he comes from, he’s full of secrets.”
All of which proves enticing for Evie ( Philippa Northeast) who is fi rst to meet the new arrival when they bump into each other the beach.
“He’s full of secrets and Evie quite likes how mysterious he is,” Milne says.
Brisbane- born Milne spent some of his early years living in Scotland with his family – there is a faint clip in his voice thanks to his Scottish parentage.
Fully aware of the big breaks Home and Away has off ered actors before him, he has relished the steep learning curve and speed of the show.
“You have to work so quickly. I was surprised by the pace – everything at uni was do a take and reshoot. You rapidly realise when you’re doing the real thing, ‘ No, you have to be ready now’.”