Home and Away Actress, Courtney Miller, hopes her character’s latest dilemma on Home and Away acts as a cautionary tale for all their young fans.
Courtney plays Colby’s (Tim Franklin) rebellious teenage sister Bella, who strikes up an online friendship with the mysterious Tommy (played by Perth-born, WAAPA- trained actor Adam Sollis).
Having met on an online student forum, Bella is led to believe that Tommy is her age but later finds out he is a 25-year-old teacher.
Tommy soon revealed his manipulative side when he convinced Bella to blow off Jasmine and Robbo’s wedding to sneak out and meet him, shares The West Australia.
But when he turns up at her doorstep unannounced, things take a sinister turn.
“I really wanted to do this story because I think it’s very powerful and can connect with a lot of people,” Courtney says. “At first I was thinking (Tommy) would be a bit older, that he would be an older man, but really it connects more so that he is young.
“I think it will affect a lot of people, positively I hope. I hope it sparks conversation and I think it will very much go into everyone’s homes and I’m sure many people have been affected by it.”
Courtney shared how filming the emotionally charged and at times physical scenes was an intense experience.
“I didn’t know, physically, how to do it,” she explains. “When I met Adam, who plays Tommy, he is a beautiful person, very soft centred, and it was quite a juxtaposition between him and Tommy because they’re completely different.
“The more more we (rehearsed), the more comfortable it became and the more truth I felt I could give to it.”
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Home and Away have shared some important information to help teens know the signs of an online groomer to help prevent a situation like Bella’s. Watch below…
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