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Home and Away star reveals the impact of sudden fame: ‘Difficult to process’

Bob Morley, who made his Home and Away debut at the age of 21 in 2006, has now opened up about the impact his newfound celebrity had on him at the time.

The Australian actor, who portrayed Drew Curtis in the Channel Seven series, spoke up to TV WEEK about how he dealt with his sudden celebrity status when he first started acting.

“For me, it was very difficult to process, the lack of anonymity,” he told the publication.


Bob spent two years in Summer Bay, earning a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Male Talent, and went on to star in Neighbours as Aidan Foster.

His star climbed to new heights in 2014 when he landed the role of Bellamy Blake on the hit US series The 100, but he says he needed to leave the show in the final season to focus on his personal health.

“I had requested to take some time off for my own mental health,” he explained.

“Throughout my life, it’s been something that I’ve been working on, but it came to a point where I felt that I needed to put my health before the job.

“It took me some time to get over the guilt of not fulfilling the story the way that I felt it could have been for Bellamy, but I knew that it was something that I had to do, and I was very lucky that my wife Eliza [Taylor] was very supportive and helped me through that.”

Following his departure from Home and Away in 2008, Bob was famously scathing of the show, claiming that it made him feel like a “meat puppet.”

He told the Herald Sun at the time after he had moved on to star in the police drama series The Strip, “It’s good to be in a show where it’s not predicated on pulling your shirt off.”

“It wasn’t a pleasant environment to be in.” Home and Away is a fantastic place to learn, but it’s also a machine that can chew up and spit out people. I walked out without giving a second thought to whether or not I had another work.”

Bob apologized for his remarks six years later, saying he regrets being “totally and absolutely nasty.”

“I’m still young and dumb, but I was even younger and dumber then,” he told “Upon reflection and after these years, it’s one thing I regret doing. It was just my ignorance and my lack of experience and I projected that onto them.

“They were nothing but great and kind to me and looked after me. For me to turn around and be like that is completely and utterly rude.”


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