Actor Ryan Moloney, who played Jarrod “Toadie” Rebecchi in the iconic Aussie drama Neighbours has announced his surprise career plan once the TV show comes to an end.
Despite playing a lawyer for many years in Neighbours, Moloney is interested in getting his hands dirty with earth work.
Moloney already has his commercial pilots licence but said he is “not ruling anything out” when it comes to the next chapter of his life.
“I’m doing [a] civil construction course which is about driving excavators and building roads,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I like playing with those kinds of machines. I like doing earthworks, all that kind of manual labour stuff. That’s where I’m at, but who knows where it’s all going to end up?”
Moloney said he wanted to become an Air Force pilot but he landed the gig on Neighbours, telling himself he’ll eventually do it.
But then Covid hit and Moloney said there were skilled pilots out there who were out of work and that he will leave it for them.
Moloney doesn’t regret his career path, who at first was just meant to be a visitor on Ramsay St.
His character proved to be popular with fans and the studio invited him back for a lengthy 27 years.
“To be a working actor in Australia with consistent work is incredibly special. And I have a large dose of gratitude towards life into what is created,” he said.
The last episode of the beloved Aussie soap will be 90 minutes long and air on Channel 10 and 10 Peach on July 28, bringing an end to the 37 year history of the show.
Earlier in the year, Neighbours announced that the show is coming to an end after Channel 5, the British production company that aired the show in the UK since 2008, announced it won’t do so anymore.
“We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,” the statement read.
“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.”
The team thanked their loyal fans and promised to end the show on an “incredible high”.
“To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team.
“We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”
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