Just weeks after her departure from the long-running soap, Sam Frost has taken a playful dig at it.
On Friday, the actress, 32, raised eyebrows by reposting an article from the satirical news website The Betoota Advocate mocking Home and Away’s dramatic storylines and frequent fatal car crashes.
‘Home and Away writer fired for not meeting one-car-crash-scene-per-season quota,’ read the headline.
‘Writers were clearly stipulated in bold, capital letters prior to joining the program that each season had to include at least “one car crash,” a drug overdose, and, if possible, an explosion,’ according to the story.
‘The caption really made me giggle,’ Sam wrote on Instagram after re-posting the article.
She also added crying-with-laughter emojis to the original post with her favorite phrase from the article, ‘And if possible, an explosion.’
Sam, who starred as nurse Jasmine Delaney for four years, has had her share of dramatic on-screen moments.
She’s been in a car accident, a food truck explosion, and a gas attack.
Last month, the former Bachelorette filmed her final scenes for Home and Away at Eveleigh Studios in Sydney.
According to reports, the actress will relocate to Melbourne to be closer to her friends and family.
Sam got her first acting job in 2017 when she joined the cast of Home and Away, where she began her media career as a contestant on The Bachelor.
Some industry insiders described the decision to hire the reality star as “disappointing” and a “publicity stunt” at the time.
One actor claimed that hiring a “unqualified” TV personality was a “insult to trained actors,” and that she had “stolen [the role] from those who attended NIDA.”
Summer Bay alumnus Charles Cottier was trained by acting coach Brendan Glanville, who told the Courier-Mail that the long-running soap had ‘jumped the shark.’
‘It demonstrates that Home and Away has lost faith in its writers if directors are resorting to this kind of stunt, rather than using their story lines to pull viewers in,’ said Mr Glanville, artistic director of the Australian Acting Academy.
‘This is what’s known as “jumping the shark” – in other words, attempting to create publicity for something that is perceived as not warranting the attention, especially something that is believed to be past its peak,’ he added, while acknowledging Sam may have a “natural ability.”
Paul O’Brien, who played Jack Holden on Home And Away from 2005 to 2008 and is now an acting coach, was less harsh, but agreed that Sam got the part ‘because she’s a personality,’ not necessarily because of her acting ability.
Despite her lack of acting experience, Channel Seven defended casting Sam in a recurring role in a statement at the time.
The spokesperson stated, “Sam’s audition blew us away.”
‘Sam will be in great company when she joins the cast of Home and Away, and she is about to embark on a new chapter in her career.’
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