Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman, stars of Home and Away, have collaborated for almost six years, and they’ve talked about playing opposite one another while dating on set.
Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman, stars of Home and Away, talked openly about balancing their relationship and job life.
While Paddy, 30, debuted as River Boy Dean Thompson in 2018, Sophie, 29, joined the Channel 5 drama as Ziggy Astoni in 2017. However, this was not the first time the two had interacted.
The Australian performers first met when they attended the same acting school about 12 years ago, but they reconnected when they both ended up in Summer Bay.
Their on-screen romance developed soon after their characters started dating, and in 2019, the pair began dating in real life.
Sophie revealed in an exclusive interview with Daily Star how their lives have developed as a couple: “We got very lucky.”
In the end, we’re just excellent friends, Paddy continued. While we were coworkers, we were boyfriend and girlfriend and also just generally excellent friends.
We were extremely fortunate to work together because there is a great deal of trust and regard for what each other does, Sophie continued.
As Sophie nodded in agreement, Paddy commented, “We work very differently. Nevertheless, I always knew and everyone at work knew that if we were on set, it would get done, regardless of what needed to happen.
“We were really trusted to be able to do that, and that’s because we trusted each other on set in what we did and we always knew that we could rely on each other,” says one of the actors.
After more than five years on Home and Away, the pair recently announced their departure, breaking the hearts of their fans.
Paddy and Sophie each posted moving tributes to their time on the programme when they shared the news on social media.
Paddy said that the fans made his time on Home and Away “unforgettable,” and Sophie said that playing Ziggy was “the best job with the best people.”