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You started out on Home and Away. Summer Bay seems to have served as a Hollywood launch pad for many Aussie actors - Chris Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, Melissa George, Simon Baker, Naomi Watts et al. Why do you think that the Aussie soap has produced so many stars?
I don’t know why exactly, but I can tell you about my experience of those four years on the Home and Away set. I didn’t have any acting experience prior to Home and Away. I didn’t go to acting training so it was my chance to figure out what the whole caper was about; to not be afraid to make mistakes and to fall down. It was a very embracing show like that. I worked a lot with Ray Meagher who plays Alf  and he had such a great way of looking at the craft of acting. I mean the guy has been playing that same character for so long yet still found this freshness to him, and had such a sort of mentor quality to me. So I really enjoyed those four years. But as an overall thing? To be honest, I really don’t know what it is.

Maybe the casting team just have an exceptional eye?
That’s a good call. Yes, for sure.

Do you ever find yourself curling up on the sofa and watching Home and Away in your downtime?
Not really. I’m based in LA and working pretty solidly so when I do get a spare half hour, my natural inkling is to do something outside.

You’ve been in LA for almost 15 years now. What do you miss most about Australia?
First and foremost, my family. But I also my beach - which is Queenscliff Beach - and the Aussie beer, a good Crown Lager or even a VB. I miss our  Aussie seafood, like Sydney rock oysters, too. They’re unbelievable.

Which medium do you prefer: TV or film?
I’ve recently come to the conclusion that it’s about two things for me. Firstly the script - as long as the character is calling to me and connecting to me in a way that is new and challenging, then I’ll do it. The second thing is  that in a film I only have anywhere from nine minutes to two hours to create an arc and a flow and a character that could potentially exist. Whereas in a series I have potentially many seasons  - i f all goes to plan - to create that character. So it’s a very different way to look at it and very different from an audience’s perspective too. That’s why you have that idea now of binge watching where guys and girls will sit down and become engrossed in a box set and before you know it, the weekend has flown by…

Any plans to step behind the camera in the near future?
I recently directed a music video for my brother’s band, Bow and Arrow. My brother and his wife have put together a fabulous album and I directed one of the songs on that called Midnight. They kind of threw it at me at the last second. I thought I would get a little overwhelmed but I’ve realised that after being in the business for 20 years, I’ve learned a thing or two and I got to put that into fruition. I really, really enjoyed the experience.

Lastly what’s next for you, Ryan?
I have an animated film called Blinky Bill - a very iconic Australian figure that we’re sort of re-energising - coming out. And then, you know, a few things that I have been working on this year as well. I’m keeping busy but still maintaining enough time to sort of  not lose sight of who I am.

Thanks Ryan! Blunt Force Trauma starring Ryan Kwanten will be released by 101 Films to DVD and Digital on 5 October 2015. Check out the official trailer here


Interview: Ryan Kwanten
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