[Neighbours: A New Chapter is an Australian production that filmed before the SAG-AFTRA strike began. Mischa Barton received permission from SAG-AFTRA to do press for the season amid the strike.]
The legendary Australian cleaning soap opera is again by well-liked demand following the Neighbours collection finale in 2022. Now, A New Chapter picks up two years after the occasions of the finale, and Stefan Dennis is again as Paul Robinson, amongst a slew of fellow returning forged members. Neighbours: A New Chapter debuted its first episode on Monday, September 18 on Freevee, with new episodes popping out Mondays-Thursdays now by way of subsequent week.
Dennis and Barton give followers a peek backstage of the contemporary iteration within the TV Insider Cleaning soap Speak episode above. And as Dennis reveals, it “took [me] 24 hours to make up my thoughts whether or not I might return or not.”
“That’s nothing derogatory in the direction of the present,” he clarifies. “It was only a private factor as as to if I assumed it was going to be profession suicide as a result of folks would assume, oh, that’s all I might do.” Taking over new initiatives because the collection finale, plus sage recommendation from his spouse, made him understand returning to Ramsay Avenue was the correct transfer. Merely put: “It’s a great gig!” And a long-running one at that.
A intelligent plot twist takes place within the premiere that units up a thriller the present will likely be unraveling for the remainder of the season. As Dennis tells us, Paul “is much more ruthless now than what he was two years in the past” due to that twist.
Barton’s Reece can also be bringing new intrigue to the cleaning soap. Her character’s identification is saved a secret for the primary few episodes, however viewers shortly find out about her romance with Paul’s lodge worker Byron Stone (beforehand performed by Joe Klocek). The American Reece’s causes for being in Australia — and staying at Paul’s lodge — could also be overshadowed by this emotional connection.
Barton has taken on extra movie than TV roles within the years since The O.C. ended; the final we noticed her on the small display was in The Hills reboot, The Hills: New Beginnings. Barton tells us Reece felt like a job that was “well-written” for her and that it was “written with me in thoughts a little bit bit, and adjusted to me as nicely, which I assumed was cool that they have been very open to” tailoring the character much more for her abilities. The collaboration excited Barton, who says that sharing the display with fellow newcomer Molyneux was “beautiful.”
Paul and Reece’s interactions, nonetheless, might not get the identical descriptor. “Let’s simply say we don’t see eye-to-eye, we don’t get on too nicely,” Dennis teases.
Within the full video interview above, Dennis shares his strongest reminiscences from the “heyday” of Neighbours, the Eighties, when it first debuted. Watch it for extra.
Neighbours: A New Chapter, New Episodes Mondays-Thursdays, Freevee