Father fig­ure

Neigh­bours star Scott Mc­Gre­gor can’t wait to be a new dad

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

NEIGH­BOURS

WEEK­NIGHTS, 6.30PM, ELEVEN

Love tri­an­gle: Scott Mc­Gre­gor with fel­low Neigh­bours stars Jodi Anasta and Olympia Valance.

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