IN the fickle world of teenage popularity, yesterday's heart-throb is
tomorrow's forgotten hero. And tomorrow's pin-up is today's newcomer in the
world of TV soap. Introducing Matt and Mat, two good-looking newcomers whose
faces may soon be replacing Jason Donovan and Alex Papps on the covers of school
folders around the nation.
The coincidence of their names extends to the fact that they turn up in
their respective TV series within a week: Matt Day, 18, in A Country Practice,
and Mat Stevenson, 20, in Home And Away.
Here are two young men whose faces may already seem a little familiar.
Stevenson - on the right in our photograph below - has appeared on Channel 10's
Neighbours and Day - on the left - had a minor role in the ABC's House Rules.
For the moment, Matt and Mat, both from Melbourne, are too busy
concentrating on the next day's shoot to contemplate possible star status.
Stevenson has joined the Home And Away cast as 20-year-old Adam Cameron.
Cameron turns up in Summer Bay "just to grab a hamburger" but ends up
staying a while - at least a year, Stevenson plans.
Both Cameron's parents have died and with his inheritance money he buys a
yacht and plans to sail around the world.
When he sails into the show, three of the main cast are being hassled by a
group of hooligans and his attempt to make peace between the two groups lands
him in deep water.
The bullies trash his yacht and he is stuck in Summer Bay until he scrapes
together some money to fix it.
Day's character in A Country Practice is not quite as friendly as Adam
Cameron. He has joined the cast as Luke Dean, a young man who has Frank Gilroy
as his probation officer. Need we say more? Dean, who has come from a boys'home
in Sydney after notching up a few car stealing charges, is brought to Wandin
Valley in the hope that Frank and Shirley will help curb his ways.
Day hopes the valley will keep Dean on the straight and narrow for at
least a year. "Luke is a nice kid although he can be pretty rotten," Day said.
"Basically, he's a bit of a smart arse."
Stevenson, who played rough and tumble street kid "Skinner" in Neighbours,
said the chance to play Cameron was something of a role reversal - "from a scum
to a nice boy". He said his Neighbours role helped him become more
"I really got my act together," he said. "In this industry you need to be
Day sacrificed his HSC for his acting career. "This (acting) is what I've
always wanted to do and I had to leave school to come up here and work on A
Country Practice," he said.
It was an opportunity he thought was too good to pass up. He first became
interested in acting when he went along to a drama class with a friend. An
acting career was something that Stevenson had also had in his mind for years
Both Day and Stevenson are extremely proud of where their careers have
taken them: from Melbourne to Sydney and Channel 7 where their characters are
being introduced to viewers.
They have already won the respect of their peers, and their producers are
confident the two guys will be around for years to come. In A Country Practice,
Lorrae Desmond, who plays Shirley Gilroy, is particularly impressed with the
abilities shown by her new co-star.
In Home And Away, Day is also settling in well and has quickly made
friends with the young cast members.
And the future?
In such an insecure industry they are not making too many plans just yet,
just concentrating on the year ahead of them.
However, both would like to try their hand in mini-series and films.
"They are the greatest medium, to be able to reach a lot of people," Day
"But I would like to do some more work in the theatre and explore every
aspect of acting. It's a job but it's also a lifestyle." Stevenson said he was
happy looking just as far as his current role. "Hopefully I have got a good
year's work ahead of me in which I will be able to learn a great deal," he said.
"I want to have a secure future and I don't want to be 40 and still living
on a dream."
The two up-and-coming young actors are not living on dreams at the moment
and are taking the business very seriously. There are no stars in their eyes,
and definitely no record deals up their sleeves |