He may be going through “a dry patch” at the moment but former Home and Away and House Husbands star Lincoln Lewis is remaining optimistic.
“I’m trying really hard to get back on screen,” he recently told TV Tonight.
“I feel very lucky and fortunate. I don’t ever want to miss a beat and not appreciate what I’m doing. That’s why I’m trying to work more in Australia because we need more opportunities. I know what it’s like to work and I know what it’s like not to work. At the moment I’m going through a dry patch.
“But it’s been fun and I just want to keep it going.”
Lewis was just 20 when he was cast as Geoff Campbell in Home and Away, remaining for over 500 episodes. At the height of his fame there were magazine covers, shopping centre appearances, Logie wins and teen idol hysteria.
“To describe it, it was a real experience,” he recalls. “It was fun as hell. One thing I have always been raised on is to enjoy the moment, and appreciate everything that is coming your way. I know it sounds cliché to say it, but that’s what my parents always said. You’re lucky enough to be getting a gig.
“I had done 2 films before it, but Home and Away was my breakout role.”
But soapie success can be fleeting and Lewis has seen more than a few co-stars disappear off the radar. To keep working is the bigger challenge.
Subsequent credits included Rescue: Special Ops, Slide, Underbelly: Razor, Neighbours, Tricky Business, Westside, House Husbands, plus films including Tomorrow When the War Began, After Earth and Spin Out.
Last year he dabbled with his second reality show, Hell’s Kitchen Australia.
“It’s something I’ve never done before. It’s a reality format so I was quite nervous,” he admits.
“But it was rewarding. It was Marco Pierre White he’s a champion and on top of that I’m a shit cook!
“To be honest I’m still getting people coming up to me who seemed to vibe the show. So I don’t know what the statistics are saying but I had a ball doing it.”
Reality re-heating challenges aside, Lewis knows if he is to survive in the biz, he will need to remain versatile and discerning about his choices.
“You need substance, so unless something resonates with you obviously you just don’t want to say yes to everything. Australia is very good at writing good content, but we need more of it,” he explains.
“I did a pilot in LA a few years ago and Jennifer Beals from Flashdance was my mum. And she said ‘Darlin’, if you’re not shooting something, write something.’ That was a really cool piece of advice she gave me.
“I’d love to keep acting, I’d love to produce, and get involved in every aspect.”