Home and Away star reveals surprising place Summer Bay is popular

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Aussie actor Jake Ryan might play resident ‘bad boy’ Robbo on Home and Away, but it turns out that there’s a section of the popular soap’s fanbase that are real-life bad boys.

In a chat with Build Series Sydney host Danny Clayton on Friday, the strapping star revealed that some of Summer Bay’s most dedicated viewers are currently behind bars.

Home and Away’s prison fans

“No word of a lie, a lot of [prisoners] watch Home and Away,” Jake said.

He made this surprising discovery while spending time with inmates in preparation for his role as tough-as-nails New Zealand gang member Danny in the upcoming film, Savage.

“They were fans of Robbo because he is your quintessential bad guy and at that time what was airing, I wasn't a federal agent. I was still a bad tough guy with tattoos on Home and Away,” he added.

Jake put the iconic TV show’s popularity down to the idyllic setting, and the attractive cast.

“It's got sun, sand, beach and girls in bikinis. They all sit there and watch it in the big house - it's the staple show in the criminal world,” he said.

A photo of Home and Away star Jake Ryan shirtless on the Summer Bay beach set.
Jakes stars as rugged bad boy Robbo on Home and Away. Photo: Channel Seven.

Elsewhere in the chat, the 36-year-old also hinted at what's in store for Robbo, who tied the knot with his on-screen love Jasmine, played by ex-Bachelor star Sam Frost, earlier this year.

“Trouble follows him where ever he goes,” he said of his roguish character, who he’s portrayed since joining the show in 2017.

“Action man Robbo is back,” he added.

His Home and Away life aside, Jake shared an off-screen development back in May: he and his girlfriend, Aussie DJ Alice Quiddington, have a baby on the way.

Jake and Alice will welcome their first child together in late September, and are keeping mum on the gender.

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