Home and Away's Dan Ewing responds to fans waiting for his return

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Dan Ewing shot to fame as Heath Braxton on Home and Away in 2011, and his career has continued to take off since his departure in 2014.

The star sat down with Yahoo Lifestyle to reveal whether he’d ever return to the soap, how excited he is for the Oz Comic Con, and what’s next for his career.

The former Home and Away star has revealed he's open to returning. Photo: Seven & Instagram/eastfieldexorcismmovie
The former Home and Away star has revealed he's open to returning. Photo: Seven & Instagram/eastfieldexorcismmovie

Home and Away fans have been desperate for the fan-favourite to come back to Summer Bay, something he’s done multiple times.

Although he’s now focused on his movie career, he admits that the door is always open for a return.

“Listen, you never say never. And I’m one of the actors who actually celebrates my time on Home and Away. A lot of actors who have been on that show don’t. I effing love Home and Away, it changed my life,” he says.

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The actor only has respect for the show’s producers, saying that they’re able to keep refreshing storylines and draw in audiences — adding that there’s a reason that the soap survived while Neighbours couldn’t.

When asked about a possible reunion with his onscreen brothers Lincoln Younes (Casey Braxton) and Steve Peacocke (Darryl Braxton), he's genuinely interested.

Dan has starred in three Home and Away spin-off television films, and floats the idea of a Braxton reunion in the next one. The bigger budget for the telefilms sets it apart from the soap’s usual diner scenes.

"Something in that sort of space, I think would really work. I think the fans would really love that...[something that's] a bit more action based — helicopters, chases [and] jails," he suggests.

While Lincoln’s character was killed off when he left, soaps have been known to bring characters back from the dead.

Fans always go wild when Heath Braxton makes an appearance on Home and Away. Photo: Seven
Fans always go wild when Heath Braxton makes an appearance on Home and Away. Photo: Seven

‘It’s great to be back'

The SAS star is gearing up for the Oz Comic Con in Brisbane this weekend, where he’ll be meeting fans at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It’s his first Oz Comic Con appearance since Covid, and the actor can’t wait.

“It’s great to be back. To have live events and things like that,” he says, before adding that he’s looking forward to ‘the energy’.

His fans usually dress up as Heath Braxton or Cap from Love and Monsters, and the star says he loves seeing the ‘creativity’.

It can make it tricky to recognise fans that have attended previous conventions, but he still wants to encourage everybody to come and say hello.

“I’m really good with faces and names, but [I'll be] talking to someone — I have no idea who it is until the mask comes off!” he tells us.

Dan's next role is much darker than previous projects. Photo: Instagram/eastfieldexorcismmovie
Dan's next role is much darker than previous projects. Photo: Instagram/eastfieldexorcismmovie

‘Immensely challenging’

The star’s next big role is a heavy one, playing the character Ron Levonde in an independent film called Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism.

While the film has largely been kept under wraps so far, it’s a dark horror inspired by true crime in Australia.

The star jumped at the chance to join the ‘genre bending’ film and says it allowed him to push his range as an actor.

“It was immensely challenging, and it was the hardest shoot I’ve done emotionally,” he says, before adding that he went to ‘dark places’ for the role.

“I was so blown away by the depth and the truth, and how it real it is, backed up by lots of very public cases,” he finishes.

Brisbane's Oz Comic Con takes place on September 17 & 18, with tickets on sale now.

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