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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

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’.”

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