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The former actor from home and away spoke to keep quiet about sexuality



Home and away he has seen a fair share of iconic characters over the years, from Sally Fletcher and Alpha Stewart to Donald Fisher and Leah Patterson-Baker.

One character who made a real impression on fans during the 90's was truck driver Greg Marshall, whose stories included his marriage to Bobby Simpson and the affair with Fiona Harris.

But actor Ross Newton, who played Greg between 1991 and 2000, revealed that he was advised to remain silent about his sexuality during that time – and that this had a "huge effect" on him.

Ross Newton at the Australia 7 morning show

Channel 7

"It was a completely different society," he told the Australian Morning show being gay in the early 1990s.

"I think the performance of LGBTQI performers in the entertainment industry was just fine and there aren't many actors who would have a problem with that, I wouldn't think – but I think it was a bigger perception of society and where society was at the time.

"I don't think society was warming up at all for that, it was still taboo. So, I think we made the leap – and I'm thinking about my time at Home and away, I was told by a producer on the show at the time who did the right thing for me, but he said, "Look, for the sake of our career and for our show, it's best not to just talk about that kind of thing & # 39; .

"It was normal back then. You went into casting and you weren't allowed to say who you were. And I found it really challenging. It really had a huge effect," he continued.

"I was constantly on my toes – I kept asking myself, would anyone find out or would I be caught somewhere?"

Although he added that he thinks that society has since come "by leap and boundary," Ross also explained that he still thinks there are "restrictions" on actors who are open about their sexuality.

"I still think of the actors in the industry, if you are open to who you are, I think there are limits to the opportunities available to you. In terms of big roles," he said, noting Kristen Stewart's recent recognition as an example.

"Yes, we're a lot more ahead of what we had in the '90s and it's fantastic, but I still think we have to be a little more diligent about that representation and the opportunities we should have."

During the interview, the actor also revealed that he was looking back on his time Home and away proud to say that it was amazing for him to be on.

"It was a pretty new show at the time – and it was really gaining significance," he said. "It was a close group of people. We had no idea it would become what it became now – and I'm proud to have played a role in it."

Home and away airs on weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays through Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).


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