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    Simone (Emily Eskell)

    Nowtolove.com.au article, from TV Week about new character Simone, to be played by Emily Eskell:


    Confessed Home and Away superfan Emily Eskell is living her dream as the newest arrival in Summer Bay
    Get to know the new girl in town…


    https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebri...y-eskell-52362

    She may be a newcomer to Summer Bay, but Emily Eskell is certainly no newbie to the world of Home And Away. The actress, who joins the cast as Simone, admits she's a devotee of the long-running drama.

    "I've been a Home And Away fan pretty much my entire life," Emily, 28, tells TV WEEK. "It helped me thorough my feral adolescence and taught me many a life lesson."

    Emily recalls that a poster of her crush − Christopher Egan, who played Nick Smith − was taped to the lid of her school desk. She cites Kane Phillips (Sam Atwell) and Kirsty Sutherland (Christie Hayes) as her all-time favourite couple.

    "You know how music reminds you of different times in your life?" Emily says. "For me, seeing photos of couples from the show takes me back to a very specific time of my life."

    The opportunity to join the series was the fruition of a long-held dream – and one that's come on the back of patience and persistence. Emily says she's auditioned for Home And Away several times since graduating from prestigious drama school NIDA five years ago.

    "When I got the brief for Simone, I thought, 'This is a part I could probably get,'" Emily says. "Usually they [the character briefs] come to me and I'm like, 'Oh, I'm not your super-typical Aussie Home And Away gal'. I've always found it hard to get work in Australia because of that."

    Her debut in Home And Away is a breakthrough career moment – and it certainly hasn't happened overnight.

    "It's been pretty tough the last couple of years," Emily admits. "I've had very little work."

    The actress, who also has a degree in international politics, says trying to secure professional work has been "excruciating".

    "Many times I've thought, 'What have you done? You're wasting your degree!'" she says.

    Joining Home And Away is Emily's first significant foray into television. She regards it as a wonderful training ground.

    "You learn so much when you're in the thick of it, in almost a sink-or-swim situation like this," Emily says. "There are the rehearsals, the scripts, the amount of scenes and learning how to plot your journey through the episodes.

    "And learning all the technical stuff too – even though I'd done a bit of film and TV, I'd mostly done theatre before this. They're very different beasts."

    Emily says the cast has been welcoming.

    "They've been amazing – I feel very lucky," she says. "It's been the most positive work experience in my life."

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    Digital Spy article on new character, Simone:


    Home and Away introduces a new love interest for married Brody Morgan
    Is Brody and Ziggy's marriage going to hit the rocks?


    http://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/home...-brody-morgan/

    You know we belong together', goes the theme tune to Home and Away. But it looks like Brody Morgan could be ignoring that valuable life lesson, as he's getting a new love interest who could tempt him to stray from Ziggy Astoni.

    As reported by TV Week, newcomer Simone turns up in Summer Bay having won a cooking lesson with Brody in an auction.

    Ziggy later turns up during the lesson to apologise to Brody after a row, but she's left worrying that the frying pan may not be the only thing that's sizzling as she watches Simone flirt with her husband.

    Actress Emily Eskell has been cast as Simone and says that her character has a "career crush" on Brody.

    "Simone comes to Summer Bay because she hears what an amazing chef Brody is," Emily said. "She can't wait to begin working with him. She has sort of a 'career crush' on Brody."

    She also revealed that she is a superfan of the show who has auditioned for a role multiple times.

    "When I got the brief for Simone, I thought, 'This is a part I could probably get'," she added.

    "Usually [the character descriptions] come to me and I'm like, 'Oh, I'm not your super-typical Aussie Home And Away gal'. I've always found it hard to get work in Australia because of that."

    Brody and Ziggy aren't the only couple who could be going their separate ways, as Justin and Willow also look like they could be heading for a split.

    Don't worry though, the people who play them are still in a relationship!

    Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5

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