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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Evans reveals his biggest fear over eventually leaving Home and Away

There’s already anxiety building in me.

By Alana Mazzoni
Since his acting debut on Home and Away less than a year ago, Matt Evans' star has risen exponentially.
Between a nomination for a Silver Logie Award to a fast-growing fanbase for his portrayal of bad boy Theo Poulos, Matt has the world at his fingertips.
Chatting to TV WEEK, the 25-year-old says while he has no immediate plans to leave Summer Bay, he's determined to try his luck in Hollywood.
Matt has played Theo Poulos since 2021. (Image: Seven)
"Obviously I have plans when it comes to moving to the US and giving the States a go and seeing what I can do over there," he says.
"I have a great agent and everything set up there, so that was always [the plan], otherwise I feel like I would be wondering 'what if?'"
When it comes to Matt's dream co-star, he has his sights set on working alongside Hollywood heavyweight Jason Bateman on a romantic comedy.
"He's my all-time favourite. I am obsessed with him, he's so funny. I would really like to work with him in a rom-com situation. That's kind of a big thing for me," he says.
Matt says acting on Home and Away doesn't feel like a job. (Image: Instagram)
"I'm really into rom coms and stuff like that. Some of my favourite people are the leading man who's really charming but still really funny."
Despite aiming for international success, Matt admits even the thought of saying goodbye to his Summer Bay family makes him emotional.
"I still feel so comfortable and at home on Home and Away. There's already that anxiety building in me of leaving the place and having to go and fend for my self and [I'm thinking]: 'What if I never work again?'" he says.
"I'm definitely for the next few years happy to be playing Theo."
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While he's undeniably destined for mammoth overseas stardom, Matt, who joined the cast in September 2021, has found his Home and Away experience invaluable.
"It's the perfect place for me to have learnt how to act. It's a great training ground for me and I think it's exactly what I needed before I move on to anything else," the WAAPA graduate says.
"Getting a small amount of takes and having to be spot on and know your words; I think you gain a different sort of respect for everybody involved when you're there and you're doing it."
"Even though I have to put in the work and work hard for this job, I'm just really enjoying my life." (Image: Instagram)
Matt has had a slew of jobs before, from working in warehouses and bars to teaching music to kids. But playing Theo on Home and Away has given him a quality of life he never knew possible.
"It was the first time I [resonated with] that phrase 'you never have to work a day in your life if you do what you enjoy'. That was the first time I've ever felt that in my life. I was like 'I really love my life'," he gushes.
"Even though I have to put in the work and work hard for this job, I'm just really enjoying my life."
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