As Australian actress and Home And Away star Sarah Roberts spoke with Woman’s Day, James Stewart’s ears must have been burning.
In the middle of our talk, where Sarah opens up about everything from her new movie, Wog Boys Forever, to the popular rumours that the couple’s three-year marriage is in trouble, she adds, “Sorry, Jimmy’s trying to phone me, I’ll just cancel that.”
In an exclusive interview with Woman’s Day, the 37-year-old says, “You can definitely clear everything up… we’re happy.” When I arrived from Tuscany last week, he met me at the airport with a large bouquet of pink tulips. He’s been handsome and I’ve been unwell lately. He has been taking care of me with foot massages and chicken soup.
Sarah also dismisses rumours that the couple no longer follows one another on social media.
She quips, “I can’t get rid of Jimmy, he follows me everywhere in real life. You need to have a thick skin, don’t you?, I say.
However, the actress admits that she worries that her stepdaughter Scout will learn about the rumours.
According to Sarah, who adds that the couple “absolutely” doesn’t address rumours about their relationship with the tween, “what I worry about more is Scout’s tiny 10-year-old heart.”
We don’t have any friends that are careless enough to show her that kind of stuff, I believe.
However, Sarah acknowledges that since getting married in July 2019, the couple has encountered their fair share of difficulties.
In the three years that we have been married, a lot has happened. The singer, who recently returned from a vacation in Europe, says, “My brother passed away, we had COVID… it feels extremely long [laughs] but at the same time it feels like it’s gone just like that.” “I was able to relive that same experience all over again travelling back to Ireland, where we got married,” said the traveller.
This month, Sarah will board another flight for the US, where she hopes to launch her Hollywood career.
She reveals that her team has “some amazing stuff” planned for her and adds, “I’ve still got management over there and they want me to come over since I haven’t been there since I started on Home And Away, which is like five years [ago].”
Sarah says, “I’d want to do an action movie, I’d love to do a long-running HBO series, and I’d love to find stability with my career again.
“This is a thrilling time.”
Their family and job dynamics, however, would make a permanent migration to the United States difficult.
The Melbourne-born actor says it’s “kind of hard with Jimmy, because he’s contracted full-time with Home And Away and we’ve got Scout, obviously, as well, but it’s not off the cards,” adding that the couple spends “most of the time” with the primary school student, who James shares with his ex, Packed To The Rafters actress Jessica Marais.
Both of us are motivated by our work, but Sarah acknowledges that family is also a significant factor. Lots of things to consider.
She claims that she has a much simpler relationship with her stepdaughter.
In her words, “Scout’s a lovely girl and we’ve both put a lot of work into our relationship, so it’s been really simple, breezy, which is great for both of us.
When I got the call to start filming Wog Boys Forever, Scout and I were at home alone because I had just picked her up from school. After performing a happy dance together in the living room, we strolled down the street to grab crepes. She purchased lemonade, while I ordered champagne.
As DJ Cleo in the newest Australian comedy, Sarah claims it was a full circle experience.
The Sydney-based actress, who first met co-star and film director Nick Giannopoulos more than ten years ago, says, “I grew up watching the Wog Boy flicks.”
“I asked Nick if I could have a coffee with him because I needed acting advice. I knew Nick somehow because I’m a Melbourne girl. Funny thing is, while we were working together on set, we had that conversation and reminded each other of that particular instance. It was easy to work with him. I gained a lot from him.
Sarah is open to collaborating with her great spouse once more.
The actress, who left the soap in April 2021, said, “I’d love to return to Summer Bay if the story made sense. Simply put, it’s a fantastic regular work. The steadiness is what I believe Jimmy appreciates most about it. Being stable as an actor is difficult, especially in Australia.
When asked if her 46-year-old partner, who has been a cast member on the soap opera since 2016, would ever leave it, Sarah replies, “You’d have to ask him. I constantly crack a joke about him being the next Alf!