“I was ready to move on, but then they offered me the role.”
Tammin Sursok, who previously claimed that she was finished appearing in TV dramas, has explained why she decided to do it again.
Tammin had stated that the four years she spent portraying Dani Sutherland on Home and Away were the last of that chapter of her life.
According to Tammin, who spoke with news.com.au, “I’d always said in the press that I would never ever come back to it just because it was a chapter and that chapter was over, and I was happy with how that chapter went.”
She made her debut in Home and Away at the age of 15, and after leaving the drama, she starred in the popular US series Pretty Little Liars as Jenna Marshall and Hannah Montana as Siena.
Last year, she appeared in a guest role as Montana Marcel on Neighbours, a well-known Australian soap opera, saying: “I was done. When they gave me the position, I was prepared to move on to another chapter.
She reflected on her time spent on the Home and Away set and explained why she was coming back: “It was so long ago. I’m not sure if I made up the sensations, the smells, the cafeteria alone, how it felt, or how huge the studio was. I wanted to accomplish all these things as an adult that I wasn’t sure whether I had imagined about the experience.
“It was a completely unique experience that was also reminiscent of my previous memories. First of all, I’m amazed at how long they shoot. It would take too many hours for me to work that and have a family. However, it was a pretty interesting experience. I am happy I did it.
“The thing is, the times in my life that I look back on and go: ‘Ooh, would I have started Home And Away at 15?’” she replied when asked whether she would have changed anything about her adolescent years spent working in the serial opera. I was really impressionable and immature, and I had no real sense of direction. At the age of 15, I decided to pursue a career in acting. I was so desperate for it that it wasn’t my parents. But would going to high school normally and not being in the spotlight have been better for my mental health?
“But then if I didn’t have that experience and I never would’ve gotten to where I am now, I would never have been on set and met my husband [film producer Sean McEwen], which means I would never have had my kids.”