Jason: Yes emotional. So many memories. And something you have to ‘scream’ about the moment, and this is one of them, we’re very aware of the significance. It’s not lost on us in terms of what this show has given us, the cast, writers, directors, the country, the way it has portrayed Australians around the world, it changed a lot of things for a lot of people – now it’s time to scream about it.
Did you ever think you would play Scott and Charlene again?
Kylie: No, I didn’t. I guess because the show kept going and moved on. Also, Charlene was such a presence in people’s memory, I wasn’t sure how it would work. Neighbours wrapping up has put a completely different spin on all of it – it opened the door for this to happen.
I didn’t really see it happening but now it has, it feels good. Jason and I are connected anyway, but he wrote me a beautiful email, so eloquent and heartfelt about this being a moment for us to acknowledge and say thanks to the fans. We are quite a way from going to shopping centres (appearances) and all the things we used to do, the memories are coming back – the pigeon boxes, our scripts, the early morning calls, shooting at Lassiters, all of us straight out of school, just kids and a lot of life has happened since then.
Jason: It’s an homage, rather than a big moment and Kylie’s right, we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. Trying to recreate the past is very difficult and this is giving a nod to those characters and what the street has done for us.
What hasn’t changed?
Jason: The one thing that hasn’t changed is denim, but it has got better.
Kylie: The curls are just as big, and mousse is back!
What does Neighbours mean to you both?
Jason: I can probably speak for both us and say it was an incredible training ground and opportunity for us. The first day I saw Kylie on set in 1987, we were talking about a TV show playing brother and sister back in 1980 – we did have other work, but we really hit the ground running with Neighbours, so it solidified our craft. To be a part of that legacy and see people’s careers develop and project Australia to the rest of the world. It is very special.
Kylie: It’s a feeling, it’s historical and such a big part of learning our craft and growing up. And of course friendships and the fact ‘plain Jane super brain’ and Mike have a storyline coming up, I’m incredibly excited.
To have some of the cast from back in our day, we are having lots of moments for one very big moment!
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