Sophie Dillman was carefree on the Greek island of Mykonos, a paradise of white stone.
Following COVID-19, the actress had a long-awaited vacation to Europe with her boyfriend, Home and Away co-star Patrick O’Connor, taking up the sights, the culture, and the sun.
But when they shared their experiences online, they received a deluge of messages from admirers and friends who had noticed something odd: her left hand was hardly ever visible in the pictures.
As the story gained national attention, engagement rumours started to circulate widely.
Is it real, though?
“Oh, I see!” When TV WEEK mentions the hype, Sophie chuckles. Many comments on our images have claimed that I was concealing my left hand everywhere. Even coworkers perceived us as enthusiastic. However, I assure you that there is no engagement and the hand is bare. Let’s dispel this rumour. Please. [laughing] ”
In actuality, the couple, who play Ziggy and Dean in the long-running soap, aren’t hastily getting married just yet. While approaching her 30th birthday, Sophie is still figuring things out.
She quips that the day she reached her goal was “black.” It all added up, and I felt completely overwhelmed. After 29, am I now dead? I wondered. Which, of course, is untrue, but before it, I was anxious!
I’m undoubtedly going through a crisis, but many people have experienced something similar, and suddenly your priorities change. I’m currently attempting to figure out what the f* is going on, which makes me chuckle.
While Sophie withdraws, she is aware that Patrick, who is also in his 30s, is there for her: She quips, “I’m ready to assist his journey.” We’re fortunate since we complement one another.
The transition towards fatherhood in their work lives mirrors that of their on-screen counterparts.
Speaking of jumping the gun, yes (laughter)! states Sophie. “Paddy and I have no plans to have children anytime soon, so it’s been very fun playing pregnant. \s” When you don’t experience anything yourself, it doesn’t seem real to you. In my situation, I had to pretend to experience it. But it’s also been a welcome challenge: “Young parents watch our programme, so it’s necessary to convey that on television. Hard talks have to enter into the mix when it comes to parenting. I became more aware of and grateful for the effort and responsibilities parents had.
In 2022, Sophie received a TV WEEK Logie Award nomination for Most Popular Actress, capping off her fifth year of playing Ziggy. The part and the commendation have both been “amazing honours” and another step toward promoting more diverse female roles.
She says, “In five and a half years, Ziggy has given me so much. “I frequently say I wish I had her self-assurance. She has never had any self-doubt or felt uncomfortable among males. I try to channel that energy into my life since it may be really challenging at times. It’s a great energy to have. But she is leading the charge and it’s fantastic to be part of.”
The topic of turning points keeps coming up, and the thought of whether Sophie is prepared to leave Home and Away arises. She says her fate is “in other people’s hands.” She is thus focusing on the present, much like the Mykonos sky.
“It is quite volatile [the entertainment industry]. You are depending on others wanting to collaborate with you. You must be selected for a position, she insists.
My guiding principle is to perform as effectively and diligently as I can given the circumstances. For me, staying in the now is the best course of action.