FAM­ILY TIES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By An­drew Fen­ton

FOR­MER Neigh­bours star Ben Law­son knows all about the dis­ap­point­ment of watch­ing a suc­cess­ful show dis­ap­pear down the gur­gler. Cast in a re­cur­ring role as Krys­ten Rit­ter’s love in­ter­est on sit­com Don’tTrust­TheB----in­A­part­ment23, he joined the show at the peak of its crit­i­cal ac­claim and high rat­ings in 2012.

“The rea­son ev­ery­one in Hol­ly­wood is look­ing over their shoul­der all the time is you just never know when you’re go­ing to be out of a job,” he says. “It was a hit and it had a big fan base. Ev­ery­one was con­fi­dent, ev­ery­one went to work happy and then slowly over only a cou­ple of months ev­ery­one started to feel like: ‘This is it’ – and sure enough it was.” The se­ries was can­celled last year. Law­son and brother Josh ( TheLit­tleDeath) have called LA home for six years now.

“We came out within three to four months of each other for that ill-fated 2008 pi­lot sea­son when the whole in­dus­try was on strike (the writ­ers’ strike),” he says.

“It’s good hav­ing Josh here, we’re close and re­lo­cat­ing to another coun­try is never easy … I’ve been grate­ful for it.”

De­spite the strike Law­son quickly booked a cou­ple of pi­lots and picked up a star­ring role in le­gal drama TheDeep­End. He’s also had a re­cur­ring role on ac­tion drama Covert Af­fairs and ap­peared on Bones, The­League, TheExes, 2BrokeGirls and Jen­nifer­Falls.

“Ini­tially I didn’t even think about com­ing back,” he says. “Even though it’s al­ways in peaks and troughs the times when I’ve thought ‘oh f--- this, I’m go­ing home’ have prob­a­bly come later on when the nov­elty and shine wears off a bit more.”

Law­son also fired off au­di­tion tapes back to Aus­tralia and had a run of lo­cal shows this year in­clud­ing Se­cret­sandLies, Rake and LoveChild. And he’s just filmed a guest role in the mul­ti­ple Emmy-award win­ning sit­com ModernFam­ily, as part of a per­fect cou­ple Phil Dun­phy (Ty Bur­rell) hopes to sell his neigh­bours’ house to.

Law­son says there’s no bet­ter place to be than on a se­ries that’s rat­ing well and win­ning awards. “Credit to the cast, as far as I saw there weren’t any ego­ma­ni­acs … ev­ery­one was so sweet and wel­com­ing,” he says. “As a guest character you don’t al­ways feel that but cer­tainly on ModernFam­ily, it may be the hap­pi­est set I’ve ever been on.”

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