‘HE’S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE’
HOME AND AWAY’S ADA NICODEMOU EXPLAINS WHY HER LATEST PROJECT IS THE WORLD TO HER
She’s called Summer Bay home for almost two decades – and her fans the world over wouldn’t have it any other way.
But while Ada Nicodemou loves playing Home and Away’s golden-hearted Leah as much as ever, she relished the opportunity to try her hand at something entirely different – penning a book. And she certainly didn’t suffer from a case of writer’s block when it came to expressing herself.
For Ada, 41, always knew her first book would be about the love of her life – her gorgeous six-year-old son Johnas.
“Hearing Johnas giggle just makes my day, and he’s forever giggling,” she says. “He’s always the negotiator too – and he gets that from me! Everything is a negotiation, but he’s just a really easy and happy child.
“Most of all, I wanted to write a gift for Johnas to read, as he loves reading so much. He loves books, as well as technology, and this book just came to me really easily.”
Indeed, Ada is thrilled to launch her creation Johnas, The International Soccer Star, an inspirational picture book about a boy who dreams big and wants more than anything else to become a sporting legend.
“Johnas has always had a love for soccer and tells me at least once a day, every single day, that he’s going to grow up and be a big soccer star,” says Ada.
“If Johnas could spend every hour of the day outside in the backyard, he would be there. I love it because it means he is outdoors so much, rather than just sitting inside.”
Certainly, it seems Johnas already has his future mapped out...
“He’s very specific about it,” says Ada with a laugh. “He wants to play for the Liverpool Soccer Club in England. He tells me that when he’s 19 years old he’ll be playing professionally and he’ll fly me over to watch him. He says he’ll be on TV as well. It’s adorable because he has a real passion, and I love that.”
Hearing Ada talk about Johnas, it’s clear the actress couldn’t be more proud of her little boy.
“Johnas has nearly finished his first year of school and he loves it,” she says. “I’m really lucky because Johnas loves to learn and so far, so good. He’s doing really well at school and loves reading and maths – he has just blossomed at school.”
Does Johnas ever watch his mum on the small screen?
“It’s not a big deal to him, it’s just what Mum does,” Ada says, smiling.
“But I can’t believe that, at the end of this year, I’ll have been with Home and Away for 19 years. It’s still such a joy coming to work every day. I’m still challenged – it feels like family and it’s just a beautiful place to work. It’s been such a big part of my life.”
And both Ada and Johnas are thrilled with the book.
“Johnas loves it – he actually took it to Book Week at school and wanted to dress up as himself,” smiles Ada.
“The book is all about having a dream, taking steps to try and achieve that dream and following through with something you’re passionate about. It shows how you have to work at something, and that’s what I’m trying to teach Johnas as well.”
Johnas the International Soccer Star is available through children’s reading app, Kindergo, as part of its new playful digital book library, Mums We Admire, or visit kindergokids.com to purchase your very own print copy of the book.
Ada and Johnas play soccer in the backyard every chance they get.
Ada’s son was the inspiration for her first children’s book.