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Todd can peck his roles

Author: with Amy Edwards and Anita Beaumont
Date: 26/04/2007
Words: 249
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 12
NEWCASTLE actor Todd Lasance is using his charm to win over some major leading ladies.

The 22-year-old has finished filming a small speaking role in the Hollywood flick Fool's Gold, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. He will also star alongside Simmone Jade Mackinnon and Zoe Naylor (pictured) on McLeod's Daughters next week.

In McLeod's, Lasance's character Brad is a sheep rustler who woos Grace McLeod (Abi Tucker) only to double-cross her later.

"Most guest roles are bad guys. The characters are brought in to stir things up, not to make things happy," Lasance told The Word yesterday.

He described the female-dominated cast as "warm and really down to earth".

He was similarly complimentary of Kate Hudson.

"It's an experience working with actors of that calibre. When you're on a set with them you see how efficient they are at what they do. There's something that separates them from other actors."

One might assume that all this frolicking on-screen with beautiful women might make Lasance's girlfriend, fellow Newcastle actor Tellina Zink, a bit nervous.

But Lasance said Zink knew the industry and was aware there's nothing romantic about shooting a kissing scene. "Everything is very staged. There's nothing spontaneous about it," he said.

The Fletcher lad attended St Philip's Christian College at Waratah before studying drama at Screenwise in Sydney. His first break came when he landed a guest part in Home and Away.

He started filming again with Home and Away last week.

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