We bought a place out in regional Victoria at the end of last year and we absolutely love it. We both have really busy schedules, so to have a space away from the city that allows us to really switch off and relax has been bliss.
Tom had to relocate up to Queensland quite early on so he could continue playing football from the AFL hub. I've been isolating in Melbourne with two girlfriends, which has actually been an absolute blast. We've definitely kept each other sane during a time which has felt otherwise!
The pace of my life is normally very "go go go", so to actually force myself to slow down and be as present as possible has been nice. Partnering with Lavazza during this lockdown has been a godsend, too. I've tried a lot of different DIY coffees before, especially on sets like Neighbours and Playing for Keeps, and I say with wholehearted honesty that Lavazza's new Espresso Barista range outshines them all.
We have a lot of family and friends overseas, across the UK and Europe, and it's definitely hard to not know when they'll be able to return. We had a trip planned to Greece, which obviously couldn't happen, so that was disappointing, but I also think perspective is really important too – I'm so incredibly lucky that everyone I love has stayed safe and healthy during this scary and risky time.
It was just SUCH a joy! Scotty [McGregor] and I were both so thrilled that our characters finally got their happy ending. When it's meant to be, it's meant to be, and Paige and Mark were always destined for each other. We also just had the best time filming those scenes, it's definitely more fun to see the
wedding out, rather than getting arrested before it has even begun!
It felt like the ending I always wanted for her. I wanted audiences to see her happy and shining and truly enjoying her life, she deserved that sort of joy. Paige had been put through the absolute ringer at times and overcame so much!
Never say never. I owe Neighbours so much, and I loved my time there. It was such a formative experience and I learnt a lot. I also trust Jason's [Herbison] vision for the show, so if Paige ever plausibly needed to return, well, you just never know!