Surprising comments today from actor Bob Morley being candid about his time on Seven’s Home and Away.
In less-than-flattering comments to the Daily Telegraph, Morley has reportedly lambasted the show as a “machine that can chew you up and spit you out”.
The 23-year-old actor spent two years on Seven’s soap and now stars in Nine’s The Strip and recently had a role in Scorched.
“It’s nice to be in a show (The Strip) where it’s not based on taking your shirt off,” he said.
“That was one thing that got me down (in Home & Away).
“If that’s all I am – a meat puppet – then I don’t know that I want to keep doing it,” he said.
While it might not be a regular feature of the show, Morley did whip his shirt off briefly in the pilot episode of The Strip. And promotions for the Nine soap have been far more adult and sexy than Home and Away ever gets- but that’s because it’s got a racier classification.
Morley reckons at the end of his stint on Seven’s soap he felt so dejected that he didn’t care whether he ever acted again.
“I knew I had to get out. It wasn’t a good place to be in. Home & Away is a great place to learn, but it’s a machine and it can chew people up and spit them out,” he said. “I stepped out not really caring whether I had another job.”
Despite his experience on Seven’s long-running soap, Morley said that he was happy that it did not dissuade him from further pursing an acting career.
“I’ve got a little bit of a career going and I don’t want to lose it.”
But The Strip doesn’t have anywhere near the ratings success or longevity of Home and Away.
You’d hope he hasn’t been quoted out of context here. As many in the industry know, it isn’t particularly helpful to burn bridges when you’re a jobbing actor, not in a country of our size. Network execs remember this sort of stuff, as well as producers who look to employ you further down the track.
Prior to his his stint on Home and Away, Morley doesn’t have any other professional credits according to IMDb.
Source: The Daily Telegraph