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"I want him to be really proud of me": Why SAS Australia star Jackson Warne is finally stepping out of dad Shane Warne's shadow

The 21-year-old rising star is about to become a household name.

By Bella Brennan
As the only son of cricketing legend Shane Warne, Australia has watched Jackson Warne grow up right before our eyes.
From the adorable blonde baby boy who would run after his father on the cricket field to an independent young adult in his own right - Jackson Warne is a name you're about to hear a lot more of as the 21-year-old embarks on his television debut later this month.
The middle child of Shane Warne and ex-wife Simone Callahan has landed a role on Channel Seven's Who Dares Wins reboot, SAS Australia, which sees 17 Aussie celebrities pushed to the limit as they participate in the gruelling training course for induction into the army's Special Forces unit.
With intense physical and psychological challenges, including sleep deprivation and interrogation, we're set to a whole new side to these brave stars.
But for Jackson Warne, he says he decided to go on the extreme reality TV show to make his spin king dad proud.
"I want to prove I'm not just Shane Warne's son. I'm tougher than that. I want him to be really proud of me," Jackson explains in the latest SAS promo.
Clearly a natural in front of the camera, Jackson has also dabbled with modelling and recently underwent a huge transformation, shedding 14-kilos and adding a whole lot of muscle to his frame. Jackson credits his fit new physique to regular weight training and a strict diet teamed with traditional Chinese medicines.
Jackson has two sisters, Brooke, 23, and Summer, 19, and has a "very close" relationship with his yogi mum, Simone Callaghan, who recently bared all for Seven's one-night-only event The All New Monty: Ladies' Night.
Just like his dad, the Melbourne-based local has a passion for poker and often posts videos of himself gambling to his Instagram page.
While Shane and Jackson share an extremely close relationship, the 51-year-old has previously admitted he never projected his love of the sport onto his son.
"I never pushed Jackson into cricket... He played it for a year, took a hat-trick - took four wickets in five balls - bowling a little bit of leg-spin or with the seam, smashed a few with the bat. Still, the game didn't really grab him," the cricket commentator revealed to the Sun Herald.
Despite his father's high profile as one of the nation's most well-known sports stars, Jackson says to him and his sisters, he's still just dad.
"I think I speak for Brooke, Summer and myself, we don't see him as anyone else other than just our dad," Jackson told the Sun Herald.
"We don't see him as a legend. All the names people call him, we just see him like our dad and that's it. We don't feel privileged. He does what every dad loves to do."
Keep scrolling as we take a look back at the evolution of Jackson Warne: from Shane Warne's mini-me son to a star in his own right
SAS Australia premieres Monday, October 19 at 7.30pm on Channel 7.

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