For almost five years, Sarah Roberts has been playing Willow in Home And Away.
But the 35-year-old actress has revealed why her character is temporarily saying goodbye to Summer Bay in a recent interview
At the end of last season, after a massive backlash over her testimony against Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) in court, Willow decided to leave the fictional town.
She went on to report him confessing to the murder of Ross Nixon and gave testimony against him in court after Willow was exposed as the enigmatic Witness X, who made a damning statement against Colby.
Willow’s whistle-blowing ways, though her heart was in the right place, offended Colby’s sister Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) and pal Dean Thompson (Patrick O’Connor).
‘Dean and Bella can not find it within themselves to accept what Willow has done or even accept it. Willow was like a sister to them, and she had broken apart their family,’ Sarah told Digital Spy.
In the wake, Willow wanted to leave the Bay because she was ostracised by Dean and Bella and did not find it inside herself to forgive her or even listen to what she had to say.
‘That’s tremendous for Willow. When it comes to me, she has always been so loyal.’
After she was exposed as the enigmatic Witness X, who gave a damning statement against Colby, Willow left after she went on to report him confessing to the murder of Ross Nixon and gave testimony against him in court.
For a bit, Willow was not on the tv, but a producer told TV Week that followers should hope to see her again because her absence from the famous TV show is not permanent.
‘While she felt she was doing the right thing to stop Dean from going down for the error of Colby, she’s going to return to try and make things better,’ the publication was told by producer Lucy Addario.
Sarah has experienced the death of her grandma and brother in her personal life for the past two years and suffered two miscarriages with her partner, James Stewart, by her side.
In November, Sarah told The Daily Telegraph that despite difficult times, both her husband and the drama she plays on film as Willow were two optimistic ones she concentrated on.
‘While working on the show, I’ve been through so much and jumping into[Willow’s] drama was occasionally a release from my real life… It’s interesting that all that drama is a welcome solace.’
‘I’ve seen plenty of things that have happened to me in the last two years. I have had a lot of grief and I have learned a lot about myself.’
“And what you need to do is keep driving. As the universe starts to shift, and the best way around it is often to keep getting yourself up from the ground and keep pushing on. Even if that’s complicated.’
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