Ring my bell
They say it’s good to talk so this month we chat to Neighbours’ tastiest totty, Jesse Spencer
L&K: Hi Jesse! It’s Michelle! How are you?
Jesse: Urrr, not too good actually. I’ve got the ‘flu.
L&K: Bummer. Have you been in bed all day?
Jesse: No! I’ve been at work all day. We were rehearsing some scenes where I had to act sick (guffaws) and suddenly I started to get this awful headache and, argh… I felt shocking. It was a bit of a coincidence.
L&K: Which remedies do you take when you’re ill?
Jesse: Nothing really. They just dosed me up on penicillin to make sure I get to work tomorrow!
L&K: Have you still got your make-up on?
Jesse: (Laughs) No, I took it off in the bath when I got home. I hate wearing make-up – it feels like you’ve got a mask on. I tell you, if I was a girl I wouldn’t wear it!
L&K: So do you always have a bath after work?
Jesse: No, it’s cause I felt so sick. I decided to have a nice long wallow. I lay in it for nearly an hour.
L&K: And did you put slices of cucumber over your eyes?
Jesse: Erm, (giggles nervously) no. That’s not really my style.
L&K: What else do you do to relax?
Jesse: Play the piano usually. (Jesse’s v. musical and has also mastered the guitar, drums and violin.) Mainly Beatles songs, you know their really cool, mellow stuff like Let It Be
L&K: Were there any big hiccups at work today?
Jesse: No, it went really smoothly and I got all my lines right which is pretty good. During the breaks I just lay on the grass in the sunshine.
L&K: (Pathetic whimpery sound) Sunshine?
Jesse: Yeah. It’s beautiful here. Are you guys well and truly into the winter?
L&K: Oooh yes. It’s freezing. We’ve got all our thermals on!
Jesse: Your woolly long-johns? Er, nice!
L&K: Back to hiccups. Do you ever suffer from them?
Jesse: No I don’t (giggles). I only get them every 10 years and they only last 15 minutes. I just ignore them and they go away.
L&K: Did you have any fans hanging around on set?
Jesse: No! We were filming on location at Lassiter’s Lake and that area’s sealed off. Usually there’s a few people mooching round Ramsay Street but that’s cool.
L&K: What’s the first thing you thought when you woke up?
Jesse: (In a croaky voice) ‘Oh God, I don’t want to get up!’ It was my first day at work for three weeks cause I took the time off to do my exams.
L&K: Did anything annoy you today?
Jesse: Umm, my sickness has been really annoying cause it’s making me really tired.
L&K: Can you take a ‘sickie’ from Neighbours?
Jesse: If I really wanted to I could but it would cause too much trouble for everyone. I mean, working tomorrow’s going to be hell but it’s too much hassle to take time off.
L&K: Describe the room you’re in.
Jesse: Well, I’m sat in the carpet in the hallway. There’s a grandfather clock bearing down on me and there’s another phone and a fax, an old chair in polished dark wood and a doorway through to the kitchen.
L&K: Is that making you hungry?
Jesse: No, I had barbecue earlier.
L&K: That’s so typically Australian!
Jesse: (Giggles) Dad’s always doing us a barbie. I love them.
L&K: What are you wearing?
Jesse: Tracky dacks (Eh?) – I think you call them tracksuit pants – a Ripcurl top, socks with little TVs all over them, and runners.
L&K: This may sound a bit pervy but, erm, what underpants are you wearing today?
Jesse: Let me look… (pause) I’m wearing my blue jocks.
L&K: Are they comfy?
Jesse: (sniggers) Yeah, they’re alright. Basically we’ve got a great bit pile of undies in the drawers and me and my brothers just pick a pair out.
L&K: Euuurgh! You share knickers?!
Jesse: Yeah we share all our clothes.
L&K: What’s in your pockets?
Jesse: Dunno, these are my brother’s tracky dacks. Oh there’s a piece of paper with a phone number on it. Oh hang on, there’s some furry things down the bottom. Yuk! I don’t know what they are and I’m too afraid to look.
L&K: What do you wish you’d been doing today?
Jesse: Sleeping or going to the park with my brother. It’s quiet around here and we’re only 10 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.
L&K: Will you be making any New Year’s Resolutions of ’97?
Jesse: I’m thinking of going vegetarian ’cause I love meat so much and I want to test my will power. I’m doing it for myself really. If it agrees with me I’ll probably stick with it.
L&K: Well, good luck with your lettuce chomping! Speak to you soon!
Jesse: Catch you later!
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