Jesse Spencer is one of the most popular guys on Australian TV.
He won various awards in 1996, beating the likes of Dieter Brummer and Martin Henderson, in the drop-dead gorgeous stakes.
But Jesse takes it all in his stride. “It means I am being recognized, but it doesn’t mean anything to me personally,” he says.
Like most young soapie stars, Jesse gets stopped in the street regularly by adoring fans.
The attention doesn’t bother him too much, although he admits: “If I’m in a really bad mood and I don’t feel like talking, I want to be left alone. You’d rather not have (all the attention), but you can’t avoid it.
“The ones who stop me the most are 10-to-14-year-old girls!”
After wrapping up a busy year on Neighbours and studying for his VCE at Scotch College in Melbourne, Jesse spent a well-deserved month traveling with his brother Luke in Europe.
“It was just one big adventure,” Jesse says.
They travelled around France, using the train system so they could get a real taste for the country.
Jesse explains: “I was going to go to France for a year on exchange, before Neighbours. I had it all planned and I was ready to go. Then the Neighbours job came up and I decided I could go to France any time!”
He didn’t have any problems communicating with the locals in France, having studied French at high school.
“I really like the language,” Jesse says. “I enjoyed studying French and I did quite well.”
One thing the guys had to adapt was to the European winter. “It was freezing, freezing cold,” Jesse says with a laugh. “But, it was okay.”
They travelled in Switzerland as well, and had 10 days in England.
Once again, the fans were out to catch a glimpse of one of their favorite Neighbours stars.
“Neighbours is still very popular in the UK,” Jesse says.
He headed home from the Northern Hemisphere chill with one intention – getting down to the beach!
But Jesse had only one day off before hitting the Neighbours set for another year, and he wanted to spend it surfing!
“I wanted to get some sun in. There was no surfing in France and I love surfing.”
This is another big year for the Neighbours star. He has to finish off three subjects to get his VCE.
But he thinks it will be easier then 1996: “Last year I had to do a Year 11 subject to finish and I did three Year 12 subjects. Now I only have to do three subjects.”
Jesse is keeping firmly under wraps any developments for his Neighbour character Billy Kennedy. “I don’t know what they’ve got planned for him,” he says.
But Jesse has big plans for February.
“My birthday’s on February 12. I’d like a new wetsuit and I’ll be 18, so I can get my driving license.”
Look out, Jesse’s ready to hit the road!
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