It’s not every day that you’re nominated for a Logie Award by TV WEEK.
When Matt Evans of Home and Away learned he was nominated for the coveted Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent, the scenario felt “surreal.”
“I honestly had no idea what was going to happen. When I initially started acting on [Home and Away], it was something I constantly joked about. It doesn’t feel quite right “He tells TV WEEK about it.
“I’m just incredibly honoured and grateful to have been nominated.”
Despite his cult following for his portrayal of damaged bad boy Theo Poulos, Matt admits that winning the Graham Kennedy Award will be difficult – and he’s right!
MAFS expert Alessandra Rampolla, The Project co-host Tony Armstrong, comedian Melanie Bracewell, and fellow actors Will Lodder and Carlos Sanson Jr. are all fighting for the title of most popular new talent.
“Many of the people nominated appear to have promising careers ahead of them. Everyone loves Tony Armstrong, especially at the ABC, and he’s amazing “Matt confesses.
“I sense the competitiveness, and a tinge of ‘oh yeah, I’m in this category, and it’s a little frightening.'”
The cast of Home and Away is often referred to as a family, so it’s no surprise that when news of his nomination leaked, Matt received an outpouring of support from his co-stars.
“They’ve taken the mickey out of me since I’m a class clown. However, everything has been quite positive at the same time “he declares
“‘Are people going to think differently of me?’ you think to yourself. Or do they believe they deserved to be nominated?’ But everyone, notably the show’s producers, was incredibly supportive, even those who were nominated for the same prize.
“At the end of the day, it’s not really about me; it’s about us as a group. So everything that comes up is a win-win situation for everyone.”
Matt has a devoted fanbase and a Logie Award nomination under his belt, indicating that he has a bright future in film and television.
His devotion, however, is not limited to acting. The 25-year-old can also sing very well, having competed on The Voice in 2020.
Matt says he’s pleased to continue both occupations at the same time for the time being, though he can’t say where he’ll finish up.
“I’m taking things one day at a time. I’ve been having a lot of fun with acting since I started; it’s a new skill that I’m learning and I’m really enjoying it, but music has always been my passion “he declares
“I’ve always wanted to be a performer and a musician, so I believe I’m open to [pursuing] either.
Matt, on the other hand, confesses he’s not sold on the nomadic lifestyle that comes with a music career.
“I’m not sure how enthusiastic I am about the prospect of touring. I’m pretty unsure about everything, but I think there’s a certain beauty in being open-minded and accepting whatever comes my way “he declares
Matt also discusses his apprehensions about diving headfirst into a music career.
“It seems foolish when I say it out loud, but I’ve always had this worry of being too old to break through in the music industry,” he adds.
“I know I’m only 25, but it’s the one thing that keeps me awake at night. So I guess that’s one of the reasons why I shy away from [pursuing music].”