EXCLUSIVE: Home and Away star Kyle Shilling joined the Aussie soap as Mali Hudson back in January and made history in the process as he opened up on the ‘amazing’ opportunity
Mali Hudson, a star of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, made history after being hired.
In the 35-year history of the soap opera, Kyle made his acting debut in January as surfer Mali Hudson, making him the first native actor to be hired.
Kyle talked openly about receiving the “amazing” chance to represent his town on film in an interview with Daily Star.
It’s great, he said. Because I grew up in a time when we weren’t represented on TV, or if we were, it was for things like quit smoking and alcohol addiction advertising, I’m demonstrating to the younger generation that it is achievable.
Kyle said he felt so relieved when Home and Away showed up because it was “defeating” to witness.
“When I had the chance to be this person on such a major TV series, I couldn’t believe it because I now know that I’m a voice for the younger generation but also the older models as well because they’ve been pushing for things like this on mainstream TV for years,” the actor stated.
“So having the chance to make my family and community proud has been incredible.
“And to be honest, I don’t think anybody could’ve done it as well as me,” he laughed. “I’m happy with where I am and what I’m doing. It’s been an amazing opportunity.”
This week on Home and Away, Mali stunned girlfriend Rose (Kirsty Marillier) when he said “I love you” for the first time.
But the Summer Bay cop wasn’t best pleased with his less-than-romantic declaration, fuming to brother Xander (Luke Van Os): “He’s said I love you to a chicken burger with more passion
Later, Mali insisted Rose forget he said anything, leading her to confide in Mackenzie (Emily Weir) that if he’d said it under different circumstances, she would have said it back.
With some encouragement from Mack during Friday’s episode (September 1), Rose was ready to say the big words and planned a candlelit dinner for Mali at the farmhouse.
But when the couple arrived, they set eyes on the trashed kitchen with a threatening message left on the table that said: “Stay away from my wife”.