After winning two Logies on his first trip down the red carpet, this multi-talented actor has scored another nomination, writes Debbie Schipp.
55TH ANNUAL LOGIES & HOUSE HUSBANDS Tonight, 8pm, Nine Monday, 8.40pm, Nine
AUSSIE actor Firass Dirani has plenty to celebrate this week.
Not only does he head to the 55th Annual TV Week Logies tonight with a nomination for the Silver Logie for Most Popular actor, but the vehicle that led to him being nominated for the gong – House Husbands (nominated for a Best Drama award of its own), returns to screens for season two tomorrow night.
Dirani, 28, confesses he’s at long odds to take the Silver Logie, tipping that of his fellow-nominees (Hugh Sheridan, Lachy Hulme, Matthew Le Nevez and Steve Peacocke) Sheridan is the likely favourite.
But if Dirani won, his perfect Logies record would remain intact.
In 2011, Dirani received two nominations for his 2010 portrayal of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim in
Underbelly: The Golden Mile. It was the first time Dirani had received a Logies nod, and he won both gongs – one for Most Popular New Male Talent and the other the industryvoted Graham Kennedy award for Most Outstanding New Talent.
By then, Dirani laughs, he’d learnt a little about keeping an eye on his awards, following a mishap with a statuette he’d won in 2010 when he won Cleo Bachelor of the Year. He broke it the night he received it, and had to politely ask for a replacement.
‘‘As for the two Logies statues, I made sure they were in view for all of Logies night, and got them home intact,’’ he says.
Dirani’s 2013 nomination came on the back of two very different roles for him in 2012 – as disgraced footballer with a heart of gold, Justin, in House
Husbands; and as Gary Montebello, the hot-headed son of a drug kingpin in ABC drama The Straits.
In The Straits, he handled a semi-automatic gun. In House
husbands, he wrangles twin five-year-olds, and jokes the guns were slightly more predictable.
Husbands for me has been a crashcourse in parenting,’’ Dirani says.
‘‘And I love the time I spend with the boys, but I also know that I’m not ready for it in real life yet.’’
Whatever the Logies results, Dirani has a few tips for first timers as he makes his third trip down the red carpet.
‘‘Look the other person in the eye and listen on the red carpet, have fun, don’t drink too much and it’s all about timing and knowing when to leave the party,’’ he says.