Fi­rass Di­rani

Af­ter win­ning two Lo­gies on his first trip down the red car­pet, this multi-tal­ented ac­tor has scored an­other nom­i­na­tion, writes Deb­bie Schipp.

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - CELEBRITY - ‘‘I ab­so­lutely love the time I spend with the boys, but I also know that I’m not ready for it in real life yet’’

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.

‘‘ House

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.

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