Ac­tor homes in on hard work

Luke Mitchell hopes to fol­low pre­de­ces­sors into the big time, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRIDAY EXTRA -

LO­GIE win­ner Luke Mitchell has his fin­gers crossed that one day he’ll fol­low in the foot­steps of other for­mer Home and Away ac­tors.

The 27-year-old Gold Coast-reared ac­tor says he’s not plan­ning to leave the long-run­ning Chan­nel 7 soapie, but when he does, he hopes the hard work he’s putting in now pays off like it has for those who have gone be­fore him.

The late Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, Guy Pearce, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa Ge­orge and Si­mon Baker are just some of the for­mer Home And Away stars to make it big.

Mitchell says he’s not fool­ish enough to think that be­cause he has ap­peared on Home and Away he has a fast-pass to big­ger and bet­ter roles.

But work­ing on the show has pro­vided the per­fect ground­ing to ad­vance his act­ing ca­reer, be­cause of the hec­tic 46-week-ayear shoot­ing sched­ule.

The qual­ity of fel­low ac­tors and the script writ­ing is also in­spir­ing, he says.

‘‘It ( Home and Away) is one of the main pil­lars of the Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion in­dus­try and it’s so big and gone for so long it can’t help but pro­duce peo­ple that have gone on to much big­ger and bet­ter things,’’ Mitchell says.

‘‘It’s kind of akin to NIDA (Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art) in a way. Ev­ery­one talks about it be­ing the best drama school in Aus­tralia and if you go there you’re ap­par­ently set.

‘‘You can name a lot of peo­ple that have gone through NIDA that have made it but there have been a lot of peo­ple who haven’t and no one can name them.

‘‘It’s the same sort of thing with Home and Away. ‘‘It (the se­ries) pro­vides the right cir­cum­stances for the right type of peo­ple. ‘‘We have a good strike rate be­cause of our work ethic.’’

Mitchell has been act­ing in the se­ries for three years af­ter first be­ing seen as Todd ‘‘Romeo’’ Smith in Septem­ber 2009.

He says his char­ac­ter is scripted well into next year, so there’s no end in sight: ‘‘I’m def­i­nitely on screen un­til next year.’’

Mitchell says an in­ten­sive shoot­ing sched­ule gives him lit­tle room to moon­light in the­atre pro­duc­tions or even con­sider movie roles: ‘‘I’ve got an eye on the fu­ture, I’m very am­bi­tious and I want to do other stuff. It is pos­si­ble to pur­sue a bit of stage per­haps but you need time off to do it. I am just do­ing Home and Away be­cause my life is hec­tic enough as it is.’’

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