Summer Bay forever: Why Not Suitable for Children's Ryan Kwanten will never forget Home and Away

Ryan Kwanten is on a winning streak with the hit US TV series True Blood and his current critically acclaimed Aussie rom-com Not Suitable for Children.

TheFIX caught up with the Hollywood heart-throb about his new movie just before he boarded a flight to start filming a new project in Brisbane.

In Not Suitable, Ryan plays a young man called Jonah, who's diagnosed with testicular cancer and goes looking for a woman to have a child with.

"He's a free spirit. He doesn't know that much so we're kind of learning as he does," Ryan explained.

Strangely, it's a plot that harkens back to his Home and Away days playing Vinnie Patterson, who devastated audiences when he was diagnosed with the disease on screen in 1999.

But a familiar plot line isn't the only thing Ryan has taken from the much-loved Aussie drama.

He told TheFIX that his 1997 to 2002 stint on the show made him the actor he is today.

"It's weird. It feels like another life but at the same time it's obviously part and parcel of who I am," he said.

"I loved those times. They were a few years of really finding myself."

And no, he's not just saying it.

Ryan still keeps in touch with his Home and Away co-stars.

"I still see a couple of them. Ada Nicodemou, Danny Raco, and I still have fond memories of Ray Meagher, who plays Alf on the show," he said.

But those PG-rated Summer Bay days are a far cry from the characters Ryan has been playing of late.

In both Not Suitable for Children and True Blood, his characters engage in regular sex, which inevitably means a lot of sex scenes to film!

So how does he feel about getting it on (and his kit off!) on camera?

"I think you've always got to approach it with a sense of humour. When we do it on film, you're surrounded by a minimum of 20 guys all doing their particular job," he told TheFIX.

"There's nothing romantic or sexy about it, so that in itself is humorous.

"But when it comes down to doing it it's important to be as open with the person you're doing it with as possible. Even if there's awkwardness, you use that and kind of just feel it out.

"Whether it's supposed to be a passionate sex scene or an awkward sex scene, there's 100 different ways to approach it."

So no embarrassing moments to speak of?

"There's always the obligatory, 'Where's the best position to not see certain parts of the body?' But outside of that it's making sure the chair is comfortable!" he said.

And Ryan would know. His True Blood character Jason Stackhouse is, ahem, a bit of a ladies man.

So it's not all that surprising to know he's got a wide array of fans.

When we spoke, Ryan had just come back from the annual Comic-Con in San Diego, where he'd met with some of the TV show's most avid enthusiasts.

"I never cease to get amazed at the demographic of the people who watch the show. They're all over the place and from all walks of life," he said.

"It's really quite confronting to know that, that many people, and the array of people are watching the show."

Having shot from small-town Aussie actor to Hollywood star in just a few short years, Ryan's life is a whirlwind of adventure.

But it's good to know the actor still enjoys his down time. And ladies, he's not averse to a bit of female attention!

"I love the company of women, I love going out and having a good time and having a smile more than anything. The great Aussie sense of humour we all have — I feel like that goes a long way," he told TheFIX.

"I work so hard, so in the little time I do get off I feel it's important if not imperative to let loose."

Not Suitable for Children is in cinemas now. Read our review on MovieFIX.


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