On-screen, Sophie Dillman and Patrick O'Connor play the love interests of Ziggy and Dean at Home and Away-one of Summer Bay's most famous pairings.
And the couple wanted more than they expected as their TV characters decided to get cozy. After falling head over heels of the show, the pair even found love off-screen.
"We met each other at uni-we went to acting school together years ago," Dillman said.
"We were friends at the time, and then we were in different years, and we didn't even see each other, but instead, we found each other on the show. And luckily, our characters came together at the show. But just because they're a couple in real life doesn't necessarily mean that the romantic scenes between their characters are easier.
"I think we're both a bit more relaxed at work, which can go either way, but it certainly makes it easier," said O'Connor." It's harder, I think. I find it a lot more difficult to kiss him at work, knowing that I'm kissing him at home.
Ziggy wanted to move out of Summer Bay for work on the show-but opted to remain with Dean. "We've only come out of a bit of a tough time, but I think we've reached and rekindled on the same page," O'Connor answered. "But right around the corner, there's certainly some drama."
Sophie's ambassador role.
After being diagnosed with the disease seven years ago, Sophie also took on a position as a spokeswoman for Endometriosis Australia away from the cameras."I thought my suffering would benefit others," said Dillman. "This month is the month of recognition of Endometriosis -so it's a significant cause. There are so many people influenced by this, and it has to improve."I'm a lot of time in a lot of pain. I have bad bloating, and the pain can be bad enough that some days I really can't get out of bed.
"When you're on set, it's tough to deal with. I carry a lot of bottles of hot water and pain killers. Patrick carries cups of hot water, and medication for suffering Juggling with it is challenging."
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