MAN OF MYS­TERY

Meyne Wy­att wel­comes the chance to join the cast of Neigh­bours, but be­ing the show’s first in­dige­nous ac­tor was not on his to-do list

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eyne Wy­att is thrilled to join the cast of

Neigh­bours, but says it’s been a long time com­ing.

The 24-year-old is the first in­dige­nous ac­tor to land a star­ring role on Net­work Ten’s soap in its 29-year his­tory.

“It’s prob­a­bly bit­ter­sweet,” he says.

“It’s cool that I’ve been able to get this op­por­tu­nity. At the same time, it’s a thing that’s been a long time com­ing.”

Neigh­bours pro­ducer Ja­son Her­bi­son said the de­ci­sion to cast Wy­att wasn’t driven by his in­dige­nous back­ground.

He says that while cul­tural di­ver­sity is im­por­tant, if they didn’t need a spe­cific eth­nic back­ground they looked for the best ac­tors. And at Wy­att’s first au­di­tion, Her­bi­son says they knew they had found the per­fect person to play Nate Kin­ski.

Wy­att says the fact Nate wasn’t an in­dige­nous-spe­cific part is a plus.

“One of my main mantras for my ca­reer has al­ways been that I don’t just al­ways want to play in­dige­nous roles,” he says.

“I just want to be seen as an ac­tor rather than an in­dige­nous ac­tor.”

Since grad­u­at­ing from NIDA, Wy­att has pur­sued and won parts in ev­ery­thing from Peter Pan at Belvoir Theatre to Bell Shake­speare’s pro­duc­tion of French com­edy

The School for Wives.

In 2013, he was in the bigscreen adap­ta­tion of Tim Win­ton’s The Turn­ing and a few months ago fin­ished film­ing on Stranger­land with Ni­cole Kidman, Joseph Fi­ennes and Guy Pearce.

At this year’s TV Week Lo­gie awards, he was also nom­i­nated for the Gra­ham Kennedy Award for Most Out­stand­ing New­comer for his part in ABC TV se­ries

Red­fern Now.

Wy­att, who hails from Kal­go­or­lie, WA, has been film­ing on Neigh­bours for 2½ months, and will make his de­but on Au­gust 13.

He says his char­ac­ter, Nate, is a “mys­tery man” – he’s re­lated to se­ries reg­u­lar Su­san Kennedy, who was mar­ried to Nate’s un­cle.

“There’s a lot of se­crets that need to be re­vealed when you watch the show.”

Neigh­bours screens week­nights at 6.30pm on Eleven.

Pic­ture: SARAH MATRAY

Meyne Wy­att makes his first ap­pear­ance on Neig­bours next month.

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