Actor Nicholas Cartwright was already friends with one Home and Away cast member, Ethan Browne, when he arrived in Summer Bay earlier this year as “hot policeman” Senior Constable Cash Newman!
Ethan, who plays Tane Parata in the program, was the first to greet Nicholas with a cheeky message of encouragement on Instagram when he arrived in the area in June, revealing that the two had been good friends at the famed theatrical school NIDA.
“Thought I had rid myself of this guy after putting up with him for three years at drama school…now I gotta do more time with him at work ffs 😩 😂 🤙🏽…” Ethan joked in the caption, which was accompanied with some candid photos and videos of them joking about.
“When I heard there was a search for a new cop in the bay, I instantly thought of this man.
“Perfect for the role, and he bloody well got it! One of the hardest working people I’ve met and so deserving! Super proud of you brother,” he signed off the tribute.
Nicholas was sure to acknowledge his friend and cast member’s warm welcome, joking in the comment section, “I knew you’d never leave me bro xoxo.”
While the 33-year-old has been active in acting and music since he was a child, he served in the Australian Army as a rifleman for six years and had been deployed to East Timor and Afghanistan previous to winning his role on the hit soap.
After quitting the army, Nicholas told Perth Now that he felt compelled to change things up in order to fill the hole left by the defence force.
“You can kind of feel a little lost when you get out of the defence force, and no one wants to do a normal job.”
“So I thought, what’s the craziest thing I can do and decided to go to NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art),” Nicolas told the publication.
Speaking of his first thoughts when he learned that his buddy Ethan had first landed a role on Home and Away last year, Nicholas recalled: “I remember having a laugh with Ethan when he first got on the show because as soon as you’re working, they’re throwing you out topless.”
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