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Illawarra Mercury

The journey of Paris

Date: 03/04/1998
Words: 310
          Publication: Illawarra Mercury
Section: Applause
Page: 3
BEFORE discovering the constant challenges of an acting life, Dan Paris was something of an employment gypsy.

Every six to nine months he would grow bored with his task and head for new pastures. This restlessness found him trying everything from modelling and finance work to bartending, landscape gardening and rep work.

That restlessness has been arrested for a while, thanks to his first role in a television soapie.

As Andrew Kirk, the eternally nice, naive and gorgeous mechanic on Neighbours, Paris, 24, is embarking on the longest journey of his life.

"Acting is an endless challenge and all of my life I want to keep going higher and higher into it," he said during a break in his shooting schedule.

Now settled into the show's routine, Paris is discovering that remembering the lines may be easy but balancing the the needs of other actors, directors and producers can be a pretty tough task.

The answer, he believes, is to keep a level head and take it all into stride.

"I'm an old hand at (television) now but I'm still learning and it can all be confusing," he said.

"I get a lot of help from other actors and I've really settled in. It's not scary any more."

Paris, born in Perth but living in Melbourne for the past year, is an avid sportsman who loves jogging, surfing, scuba diving and camping.

They're not hobbies his country alter-ego is likely to be at ease with but Paris is loving every minute of his new role and is anxiously awaiting feedback on his character's introduction to Ramsay St.

At this stage of the game the excitement is still palpable and Paris is enjoying the early attention. It's something he may just have to get used to.

Neighbours screens on Ten Capital, weeknights at 6.30pm.

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