"After my exams I'll be out there...on the prowl!"
Poor old Jesse Spencer! If he’s not slaving over the studies, he’s beavering away on the set of Neighbours, leaving no time for fun and games let alone girls! Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that is all about to change. We interrupted Jesse’s lunchbreak for a quick catch-up with the young star.
Have you been up to anything exciting, lately?
Not really. I’ve got all my exams going on in about a month’s time so I’m starting to settle down and concentrate on that – I need to start doing some work.
Do you remember your first on-screen kiss?
Yes, it was with Amy Robertson who played Melissa, my first screen girlfriend. It was very nerve-racking.
Has your smooching technique changed over the past few years?
Haha! Yeah, I’m definitely a lot more relaxed about it these days. I don’t really need to psych myself into it or rev myself up, you just do it and you don’t think about. You have to remember that it’s all just part of the job and that you’re actually being paid to do it.
Do you have a different kiss for your real-life smooching?
I guess because when you’re kissing on screen you’re a little but more conscious of what you’re doing. Apart from that I guess it’s pretty much the same.
How does being on TV affect your private life?
Um… I still do pretty much everything that I used to do except that I don’t really play as much sport anymore – I just don’t have the time. I’ve found that I’ve grown up a lot working in an adult environment. I’ve been there for almost three years so it’s quite a while and considering I started when I was 15, I feel like I’ve sort of had to grow up quicker.
You’re officially an adult now, though.
Yeah, I turned 18 in February and I’m doing all the adult things. I got my driver’s license, but I don’t think I’ll be moving out of home though. Home is just fine for the moment, thanks, haha! Hey, it’s free meals and not rent! That’s where I got my lunch from actually. It’s great! I still have to do chores and stuff but, I mean, if you moved out you’d have to do all your own chores anyway and you’d have to pay for it on top of that! I don’t mind doing chores anyway.
Can you do whatever you like no that you’re 18 or do you still have to ask for permission?
Well, I’ve got a lot more freedom, but I still tell my family what I’m doing. I’ve got nothing to hide or anything! The last time I was grounded was a couple of years ago. I said I was going to a friend’s place but I actually went to a part and I got busted. How? Oh, you don’t want to know. I can’t tell you… I was bad, but not I’m good, haha!
Has being a TV star affected your love-life?
Well, it made it much smaller, haha! Basically, I don’t have time to have a relationship. But all will change next year when I finish my exams. So after my exams I’ll be out there… on the prowl!
Would you ever date a work colleague?
No, I don’t think so – it can get too complicated, so no.
If you could change three things about Billy, what would they be?
His moods, his confidence levels – he’s not really confident – and his job! He’s still delivering papers – he’s still a paperboy! I think it’s about time he did something new!
Could you teach him anything?
Probably to relax a little maybe – he’s a bit uptight!
What are you going to do when you finish high school?
I don’t know, give myself a pat on the back when I’ve finally got my VCE (equivalent to the HSC). I don’t really know yet if I want to go to university. I’ll keep on with acting but it that goes nowhere then I may decide to give university a try.
Do you want to branch out and do something other than Neighbours?
Yeah, well I will, because this is just a starting point.
Would you ever get a tattoo?
I’ve actually thought about that long and hard. I probably would but if I was going to get one it would be a small one. I would like to get something Celtic. Body piercing? I would get my eyebrow pierced, but I don’t think my mum would be very pleased. In fact, if I came come with something like that she’d be devastated.
What do you think about Emma Harrison posing nude for Playboy?
I think it’s stupid. I don’t think it’s the right move. I think it’s a really bad career move, actually. I would never consider doing anything like that.
Finally, what can we look forward to coming up on the show?
I give Anne a birthday present which happens to be a ring and we go horse riding (?) and events occur…at horse riding camp. Events occur that cause shock and stuff happens with the horses…(Ooh, er, sounds a bit strange!)
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