Feeling at home
Scott McGregor’s next step is a big one – but making it in Hollywood couldn’t be further from the Neighbours star’s mind, writes SIOBHAN DUCK
SCOTT McGregor is gearing up for the role of a lifetime.
In a fortnight, the Neighbours star and his fiance Bianka Voigt will welcome their first child.
Like most expectant firsttime parents, McGregor and Voigt are both nervous and excited about the impending arrival. The nursery is set up. They have done the birthing classes and been on the receiving end of a lot of helpful advice about stocking up on sleep – though McGregor is understandably sceptical it can be banked.
“I can’t wait to meet our little one,” he says. “I can’t wait to see what they look like. To see all their little nuances. It’s really exciting.”
McGregor said he would get to spend about a month at home with his new baby before he is due back on the set of Neighbours.
Even after his paternity leave finishes, his hours on the Eleven soapie vary from week to week, providing plenty of opportunities to be on hand at home.
McGregor says he and Voigt had pushed out their wedding date until January 2019 so they could focus purely on enjoying time bonding as a family.
In a strange coincidence, McGregor said the pregnancy coincided with a storyline which saw his character, straight-laced detective Mark Brennan, trying to have a baby with screen girlfriend Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) through a surrogate.
It was one of the storylines he has most enjoyed during his stint on Neighbours as it allowed him to showcase both his comedic and dramatic skills.
Now, McGregor is in the middle of another juicy storyline that sees Brennan in a love triangle with Olympia Valance and Jodi Anasta’s characters, Paige Smith and Elly Conway.
“Yeah, it’s pretty difficult,” he says of being the object of desire for two of Aussie TV’s most attractive leading ladies, who he counts as close friends off-screen.
McGregor doesn’t take his time on Ramsay St for granted. If anything, he takes his job a little too seriously at times.
He says playing a police officer has made him more interested in law and that his efforts to protect his character’s credibility had led to minor disagreements with his bosses over their planned storylines.
“Some directors have told me to just relax because it’s just a TV show not real life,” he laughs.
Having left Neighbours once before – before he felt ready to go – McGregor was “reluctantly” lured back to Erinsborough for what was meant to be a few months’ work. Months turned into years and now he is in no rush to return to Hollywood.
Despite having the support of a close circle of Aussie mates in the US, including Neighbours alumni Margot Robbie, McGregor said he never felt at home in Los Angeles.
“I love Melbourne. My family and friends are here, we’ve just bought a house, I have met my fiance and we are expecting our first little one, so I feel pretty settled,” he says.
“I almost find it a little bit insulting when people ask me what I am planning to do next because I am not in a rush to leave Neighbours. I love working on the show.
“I am not going to leave because I want to be more famous or to find work in Hollywood. I am not in this for a quick success. I am in it for the long haul. I want a long career so I am happy to wait – even if that means waiting five or 10 years before making the next step.”
For the moment, that next step is fatherhood. Hollywood can wait.
Love triangle: Scott McGregor with fellow Neighbours stars Jodi Anasta and Olympia Valance.