Myles Pollard on romance novels, a McLeod's Daughters reboot and his new action flick

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Home And Away actor Myles Pollard swung by Build Series Sydney to chat with host Danny Clayton. Photo: Build Series Sydney.

To say Aussie actor Myles Pollard, 46, has a lot on his plate at the moment is an understatement.

The multi-talented soap star - his CV includes McLeod’s Daughters, All Saints, Packed To The Rafters and most recently, Home And Away - dropped by Build Series Sydney to take host Danny Clayton through his busy schedule.

When quizzed by Danny on his many achievements - which include Logie wins, theatre stints and director and producer credits on feature films - Myles was ever humble.

“That’s the beauty of trying to exist in this modern world as an actor/artist. You need to be multi-skilled and try and create your own opportunities,” Myles said.

He has a yet another new skill under his belt after taking up a gig as voice over artist for the audio book version of Aussie romance author Sarah Williams’ novel, The Brothers of Brigadier Station.

“I’m loving the experience,” he told Danny before agreeing that the outback love story would make a great TV series.

“I have about five things on the boil at the moment so I’ll put it in my in-tray,’ he joked.

Riding the wave

One of his biggest achievements to date is the 2013 surfing flick Drift which Myles produced and starred in alongside fellow Aussies Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel.

“It was daunting as the project took seven years to develop and I’d never produced anything in my life,” he admitted.

As a producer, Myles was in charge of the film’s budget and revealed he took one for the team when it came to keeping costs low.

“I had to give myself the crappy old green room and trailer,” he laughed.

That was the easy part, however, as Myles, Sam and Xavier - who all played surfers - had to be towed out to tackle enormous waves for weeks.

“I just copped so many hidings,” he said.

In the wars

Myles’ latest project, the big-budget action film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, hits theatres later this year and, he says, offers a fresh perspective on the Vietnam War.

“It hasn’t been framed in a political context, it’s been framed in a relationship context. It’s about a bunch of Aussie blokes who are just mates and will do anything to help themselves survive,” he explained.

Myles plays flight lieutenant Frank Riley alongside stars like Vikings’ Travis Fimmel and Myles’ fellow Home And Away alum Luke Bracey in the film directed by Kriv Stenders of Red Dog fame.

Before wrapping up, Myles gave fans of the much-loved Aussie drama McLeod’s Daughters some hope for a reboot by saving there’s “definitely a lot of chatter” about it.

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