On-screen they play one of Home and Away’s most popular pairings – and now real life is mirroring the fictional show.
One of Summer Bay’s most well-known couples, Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor play love interests Ziggy and Dean in the television show Home and Away.
And when their TV characters began to get cosy, the couple received more than they anticipated.
The pair discovered love off-screen after falling head over heels on the show.
We attended acting school together years ago, so we genuinely knew each other then, according to Dillman.
We were friends back then, but because we were in separate years, we didn’t really see one another. However, we later reconnected on the programme. And conveniently, on the show, our characters grew close.
However, just because they are a real-life couple doesn’t automatically make the romantic sequences between their characters simpler.
It can go either way, but I believe we’re both a little more at ease around each other at work, which definitely makes it easier, O’Connor said.
“I believe it to be difficult. Knowing I kiss him at home makes kissing him at work feel much more weird.
On the episode, Ziggy had intended to leave Summer Bay for work, but instead chose to remain with Dean.
We’ve just emerged through a little rough patch, but I believe we’ve rekindled and found common ground, according to O’Connor.
However, there will undoubtedly be some drama soon.
Sophie’s ambassador role
After receiving an endometriosis diagnosis seven years ago, Sophie has also taken on a role as an advocate for Endometriosis Australia away from the cameras.
I reasoned that my suffering must be able to benefit others, Dillman stated.
Endometriosis Awareness Month is this month, and it’s for a great cause. It needs to change since so many women are impacted by it.
In essence, I’m simply in a lot of pain all the time. I sometimes have excruciating bloating, and the pain can be so excruciating that I simply cannot get out of bed.
“It’s very hard to deal with when you’re on set. I carry a lot of hot water bottles and pain medication. Patrick carries hot water bottles and pain medication. It’s tough to juggle with.”