Your character was involved in a paralysis storyline. How did that storyline come about? Was it challenging?
I don’t know what inspired the writers but I first found out about it over dinner with Sam Clark. When he first told me I was to be trampled by race horses I thought he was joking. Yeah, it was challenging, but I was happy to get out of that chair.
What was your favourite Frazer storyline?
I thought about this for a long time. Remarkably few to choose from – feels like there was about 12 months in the middle where I stood in the background of other people’s scenes. I really liked the hunting trip with Steiger. Maybe the only script that made me laugh out loud when I read it. I’m just a sucker for gags.
You were recently voted Sexiest Male in the PB Neighbours Soap Awards. How do you feel about that?!
Flattered. I wrote an acceptance speech which you refused to print on the grounds of prolixity.
Which cast members did you most enjoy working with, and have you stayed in touch with anyone from the show?
The people I enjoyed working with the most were also my favourite friends. David (Oliver), Jane (Rebecca), Brett (Fitzy), Nat B (Carmella), Jacks and Fletch (Susan and Karl). I’ve kept in touch with them all to some extent.
Was there anything about your time on the show that you didn’t enjoy?
Of course, it’s a job like any other. But the positives outweighed the negatives. Only a brat would complain about having a job on Neighbours – it’s great fun.
What made you decide to leave Neighbours?
I always wanted to follow a career in the United States and it was time to try.
Would you consider a return in the future?
We’ll see. You may end up liking it better without me.
Since leaving the show, what have you been up to?
Travelled a bit but mostly have been setting up my new life in LA.
What are your plans for the future?
I don’t really work in terms of plans. Is “be happy and successful” too broad?
What do you think is the reason for Neighbours long running success?
The writers and producers understand what their audience wants; they try to keep a cast that has something for everyone and more than anything it’s just become a habit for most people. Like cigarettes or cracking your knuckles. Some people grow out of it and enjoy it only in reminiscence; others can’t imagine life without it. Whatever the reason it has a place in generations of hearts across the world, now mine included.
Interview by Edd. Added on 23rd August 2008