New twist on family drama
This modern Aussie series features strong and realistic characters, writes
out when it’s time and he needs it.’’
Sweet has enjoyed working with Muldoon, Grantley and Dirani (whom he dubs Firasscal), and he believes the show’s talented cast has made the most of its honest, heartfelt storylines.
‘‘When I first got the House Husbands scripts I just felt like this was something that had legs,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s a character-driven show, with four strong male characters and four equally strong female characters. That made it interesting to me.
‘‘The by-play, the situations these people find themselves in – they all feel to me like they’re based in truth. There are dramatic situations but there’s a lot of humour that can arise from that, as humour often does, and there’s a lot of heart.’’
And while the four male leads may blunder a little in getting it right, Sweet is quick to point out that these characters are far from clueless.
‘‘It’s a very contemporary approach we’re taking here, one that mirrors modern society,’’ he says.
‘‘But, of course, there are always some blokes out there who need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century,’’ he adds with a grin.
Firass Dirani, Rhys Muldoon, Gyton Grantley and Gary Sweet.