It ain’t easy being a soap superstar, but Jesse Spencer’s doin’ alright so far!
You seem a bit of a reluctant star. Why is that?
Well, I’m an actor for the sake of acting, not ’cause I’m a show-off. Just because I’m in Neighbours doesn’t make me better than anyone else. It’s not until you start getting recognised that you realise how good it used to be to walk down a street unnoticed!
Have you ever gone out with a fan?
No, because a lot of girls who come up to you get all giggly and girly, and a lot of them think they’re talking to Billy. I’ve had some nice chats, though.
Do you have a girlfriend right now?
No. I had two different girlfriends about two years ago, but I only went out with them for the sake of it, not because I liked them. I’m over that stage now (glad to hear it!).
What would your ideal girl be like?
Looks, colour of hair and that sort of thing aren’t important, as long as the girl in question is fun to be with and not always out for herself. Hopefully I’ll meet someone like that one day, but I’m not out desperately looking!
Billy and Melissa’s snogs look pretty real… any off-screen practice going on?!
You’re not the first to ask! Amy and I have a lot of laughs and go out together in a group of friends every few weeks or so, but we are – as they saying goes – just good friends!
Billy and Melissa talk about sleeping together soon – how do you feel about that?
It’s such an individual thing. Not everyone’s mature to handle sex at that age. Basically, you’ve got to decide what’s right for you – you shouldn’t do something just because you think it would be uncool to say no.
How do you find time for Neighbours and your school-work?
It isn’t easy. There have been times when I could easily have dropped out of school, but it’s stupid to drop out. My school’s been great – they’ve let me spread one year’s studies over three years.
Is your family like the Kennedy’s?
My dad’s a lot like my Neighbours dad, Carl Kennedy, but my Neighbours mum is much calmer than my real mum. I doubt any real mum’s as calm as Sue Kennedy!
How do you like to spend your weekends?
I’ll go ice-skating or surfing on Saturdays, depending on the time of the year. Usually I’ll see my friends on Saturday night and sometimes I’ll go jogging on Sunday, or play football with my brothers. Somewhere in all that I have to catch up with my schoolwork and read my scripts!
How did you first get into acting?
When I was 12, I was the understudy in the play The King and I and some of the older actors were so good, I decided that’s what I wanted to do. The first TV I did was playing a Martian in something called Time Trax, but Billy’s the biggest thing I’ve done so far.
Are you anything like Billy?
To an extent, but whereas I’ve jumped into the deep end of life. Billy’s still wading in the shallow end. Sometimes I feel like giving him a good shake!
Might you move into music?
Yeah, I’ve got a band called Splayed. I play guitar, piano and we do some singing. We entered this Battle of Bands competition and ended up winning! We’ve recorded our first song on CD, but I’m not pinning any hopes on it!
Finally, what’s your main ambition?
Short-term, I’d like to buy a car – something pretty old so it won’t matter if I wreck it. Long-term…who knows? Just keep acting, I guess. And to have a happy and fulfilling life!
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