It’s the hope of any actor for their character to be assigned to a big storyline on the show they’re working on.
James Stewart of Home and Away was fortunate enough to obtain a challenging storyline for him to sink his teeth into as this season his character Justin Morgan went through a health crisis.
And speaking to the UK’s Digital Spy, James, 45, has shared an insight into the way Summer Bay stars are informed they’ll be taking on scenes that become major driving forces of the show.
“There are several times in a year where the producers will bring you upstairs and they give you a pitch for an arc. When I say the word arc, that’s like eight to 12 weeks of a particular story,” James told the publication.
“So about two or three times a year you get that. They brought me up for this one and I really wanted to have a go at this.”
Home and Away’s James Stewart (pictured) has shared some behind-the-scenes secrets from the long-running soap.
“He continued:” Once Ray Meagher [who plays Alf Stewart] said to me, there are A scenes, B scenes and C scenes when I first joined the show. C scenes, you’re up the back making the cup of tea. B scenes, you’re delivering the cup of tea, and in A scenes, the cup of tea falls on your lap and you’re the guy who has to deal with the pain of it. So Justin got an A storyline all of a sudden.
It’s not the first time that Home and Away actors have revealed what goes into the magic of putting together one of the most famous shows in Australia behind the scenes.
Ray Meagher told hit105’s Stav, Abby, and Matt, in February that his co-stars often do not find out they’re being killed until they see the script.
Justin’s health shock was a major Home and Away plot this season.
“On some collections, I heard, you find out when you read the scripts … Are they going to sit you on Home and Away and tell you your time is up? “asked host Stav Davidson.
“Ray replied,” I think they’re all different, and it’s officially down to their agent.
“But the agents don’t always seem to want to break the bad news, and Ray added that some of his co-stars will see the scripts and think,” Oh my God, I’m not in this! “Laughing, he explained,” But usually, in that place, it is done in a reasonably organized way!
Earlier this year, Ray Meagher (pictured) revealed some of his co-stars weren’t told they were being killed off until they read it in the script.