He may have only departed Home and Away in May this year but Lukas Radovich, who played Ryder Jackson in the Aussie soap, is already teasing new work on his socials!
“Making movie magic,” he wrote on Instagram. “Watch this space!”
He then added in a later post:
“These pictures make me so happy.
“Getting to work with some of my favourite people on something entirely our OWN (@harismirza27 & @smartlett respectively) is entirely special.
“So much to share within the next few months.”
When his character kisses Ty Anderson, the foster child of Marilyn and John, it becomes the first LGBTQ+ plotline in the soap opera in in a decade. Lukas played Ryder, Alf Stewart’s grandson, starting in 2017.
In an interview with Digital Spy at the time, Lukas said, “I was extremely pleased to be part of a new plot – something that hasn’t been done before, and something that I could explore with a TV programme which is so a part of Australian culture.
Even though Lukas was in his mid-20s and his character was a teenager who was still in school, he could still identify to him.
Despite the role being a little younger, Lukas said, “I can still readily identify to that moment in my life, and it’s been a lot of pleasure revisiting those years.”
Additionally, he discussed his plans after leaving the soap opera, saying:
“I believe that I would like writing, acting, and collaborating with my favourite people in my own work.
“After my time on Home and Away, I believe my aim is to travel to London and look for work there as both of my brothers reside there.
Because I think the TV and cinema that is being produced there is very wonderful.
So, he continued, “I’d want to be a part of that.”
After five years on the serial, Lukas made the decision to depart. He said his goodbyes onscreen in May and on Instagram as his final episodes aired.
“What a thrilling ride. I’ll keep this brief because I can’t really articulate how the past five years have felt or affected my life “As he announced his leaving on social media, Lukas stated.
I’ll miss my job, but I’ll miss the people more than anything.
Lukas also rejoiced that he could invite his parents and his boyfriend of three years, Australian men’s netball player Liam, to the celebration.
Lukas also rejoiced that he was able to include his parents and his longtime partner, Australian men’s netball player Liam Forcadilla, in his show’s final scenes.
“Having my parents and @liamforcadilla appear as extras in my final episodes fills my heart,” he wrote.
Post Home and Away, Lukas has been fitting in some travel to England and Scotland and a trip to Fiji with Liam.
Lukas has said that he hasn’t completely turned his back on Home and Away though.
“The door is always open and I’m very grateful for that, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” he told Digital Spy.
“Anything could happen in the next couple of years.
We’ll keep the door open – it’s never going to be closed, but for now, I’m excited to see what happens next for me.”