Summer Bay stalwarts reunite for Home and Away spin-off special
TWO of Summer Bay’s most popular stars have revealed they’d be open to returning to their soapie roots, years after shocking fans with their decision to leave.
Dan Ewing and Lisa Gormley, who played on-screen couple Heath and Bianca, recently reunited on the Home and Away set to film An Eye For An Eye – a spin-off for streaming service Presto.
And the walk down memory lane left both pining for the good old days.
“I’d definitely be open to a discussion about coming back, I have to say,” Ewing admits.
“If the (right) storyline was there, I would. I wouldn’t want to play the same old Heath for another three years though – I’d want it to be fresh and him to have evolved.”
Part of Ewing’s willingness to return to the role of resident heavily inked bad boy Heath came down to Archie, his one-year-old son.
Ewing and wife Marni have been raising their bundle of joy mostly in Los Angeles. It’s a great city, especially for an ambitious actor, but nowhere compares to home.
“Having a kid really changes your perspective,” Ewing admits.
“The quality of life here in Australia is unique.
“But most of all, I think It’s a dad thing … I’m looking at life for my child. And Marni really misses her family. Skype and FaceTime are great but it can’t beat the joy of seeing your little boy run up to grandma for a big hug.”
Technology means an actor doesn’t have to physically live Stateside these days to chase the big time, he says.
Since leaving the show, Gormley has travelled, taught overseas and starred in various stage productions. And the nature-loving performer is in the middle of building an offthe-grid eco cabin in the Tasmanian rainforest.
She would be open to returning to the show that launched her career – just not yet.
“I’ve still got things I want to try,” Gormley says. “I’ve done a lot of things that were on my list – I’m slowly ticking them off.”
Despite the heavy storyline of the Presto special – which continues on from HomeandAway’s cliffhanger season finale on Wednesday – she had a ball “getting the band back together”.
Bonnie Sveen is a central part of the spin-off, after her character Ricky’s baby Casey is kidnapped. Adding to that, everyone is left reeling by Ash’s (George Mason) revelation.
She relished the chance to sink her teeth into a meaty storyline and be part of a history-making experiment.
“This is a first for the show,” Sveen says. “It feels different too – they’re shooting it differently. The cameramen played with filters and angles and that sort of thing.
“It gives it a slightly different look and feel. That made it an exciting prospect.”
Ricky’s story arc in recent years has been a turbulent one, but Sveen thinks there’s a lot of life left in it.
“I think there’s a while to go in the journey and I’m enjoying it,” she says. “I’m not in any hurry to move on.”
HOME AND AWAY: AN EYE FOR AN EYE
AVAILABLE ON PRESTO, 8.30PM WEDNESDAY, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE HOME AND AWAY 2015 FINALE ON SEVEN
NIGHTMARE: Bonnie Sveen as mum Ricky, whose baby has been kidnapped, in AnEyeForAnEye.
DRAWN IN: Dan Ewing is considering a return to Summer Bay after leaving HomeandAway in 2014.