Rocky road for ex-home star
FOR the first time since he burst on to Australian television in Home And Away, Lincoln Lewis is in acting limbo. He has no work on the horizon and nothing in the can.
It’s a sobering moment for the Queenslander, who is back living with his mum and dad in Brisbane.
‘‘It’s the first time in over six years that I don’t have anything in the pipeline, either coming out or coming up,’’ says Lewis.
‘‘For me it’s just like any other actor, it’s back to the drawing board.’’
It’s an unexpected and, with luck, short-lived trough in Lewis’s career after he was on the verge of something big in the US.
The son of Queensland NRL footy favourite Wall ‘‘The King’’ Lewis’s star was on the rise when he was cast in the Will Smith film After Earth and landed a lead role in the US TV pilot Westside for Warner Bros TV.
He learned the hard way. Most of his scenes in After Earth ended up on the cutting-room floor. Soon after came the news that Westside would not go ahead.
‘‘I went to the premiere of After Earth in New York, where I found out basically the whole start of it was cut from the film,’’ Lewis says.
‘‘It’s the nature of the beast and you can never be certain until you see it on screen.’’
Lewis says if nothing comes up in the next few months, he will return to the US in time for the start of TV pilot season in January.
Being cast in Westside had given him a greater insight into just how tough is to land a role on a US TV series.
‘‘People are saying, enjoy the time off while I have it – but the other side of me is saying I am not working and I need to be,’’ Lewis said.
‘‘With Westside I went through seven different stages of auditions, like call-back tests and meeting executives, and I now know how that side works.
‘‘I now have a bit more of an insight and I’ll be back next pilot season and keep chipping away.’’
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