Home and Away actor Cameron Daddo, 55, after three decades in the industry, maybe a well-seasoned entertainer, but that wasn’t always the case.
On his Different Bathrooms podcast, chatting about “first times” and Other Helpful Marital Advice with wife Alison Brahe, 50, the actor admitted that he nearly blew his career before it started.
“I was so worried about my first time appearing on Screen,” Cameron admitted.
The former Perfect Match host explained how things went wrong, revealing that he had a speech impediment in his teenage years, and auditioned for a Channel Ten program called Star Search in 1985.
“As a child growing up, I had a fairly serious stutter,” he said. “I never talked on TV and I wanted to prove to the people who laughed at me when I was a child that I can talk now.”
Although he managed to get unscathed through the modeling segment of the show, when he had to do his piece-to-camera, stuff got unstuck and he needed to read from the auto-cue.
“I think I got a total of 23 shots in that film. I stuttered and stammered, I nearly peed my jeans, I felt my shirt was wet,’ said Cameron.
Cameron, however, went on to bigger and better things after a rocky start, becoming a major Aussie celebrity in the late 80s and 90s before heading to Hollywood shortly afterward.
Cameron has managed to nab a role in Summer Bay since moving to Australia in 2017 with his family.
After a guest stint, Evan Slater’s original character was killed off, but the soap welcomed him back as Evan’s secret twin, Owen Slater.
“The reaction was overwhelmingly kind. I believe people were saying before this, “That’s Cameron Daddo done for Home and Away!” ‘So this was a happy surprise for a lot of the fans,’ Cameron told New Idea earlier.
“For me, living at home and abroad has been a pleasure.”