Stars of Neighbours Matt Wilson and Takaya Honda have opened up about coming back to the programme.
The well-liked duo, who were last seen in the 2022 season finale, will be taking on the parts of Aaron and David again.
Prior to the forthcoming Flashback Week, in which David Tanaka, a previously stated returnee, and Aaron and Nicolette (now portrayed by Hannah Monson) return to Ramsay Street, the show’s executives revealed the information.
“I think it was December, so it was a few weeks after the actual show’s return was announced at least,” David actor Takaya told Digital Spy when asked how the return came about. “At first, it was just people asking if we’d be interested or not,” Takaya continued.
“By then, Matt had relocated to Queensland, which is 2,000 kilometres distant, so the travel won’t be easy! To a certain extent, we had all moved on with our lives, so the issue was, would you be interested?
It has always been about the story for us both, so the question is, ‘What’s the tale, and how are we going to fit into this ‘New Neighbours, and what is this ‘New Neighbours?’” At that point, it seemed as though everyone was in the dark about how many episodes would air each week and how many episodes would air annually. At that point, the main idea was to gather as much information as possible because we were still processing everything and needed time to decide where to go next.
In the end, I believe that the story that our executive producer, Jason Herbison, presented to us was extremely compelling and would help us both come back on the show and get things going. It was also part of a broader tale that was taking place on the programme itself. We definitely wanted to be a part of the concert because we could see that something unique was happening.”
“With Amazon being involved as well, it’s such an experienced company and group of people that just brought a complete new energy to it,” said Matt, who plays Aaron. It was even more thrilling since we knew we wouldn’t be returning to our previous jobs—rather, we would be starting something entirely new and different.”
“I thought it was a really cool idea, although we did have to execute not talking about the show while we’ve been filming it this whole time which is quite a conundrum,” Takaya added, expressing how they felt about returning at a later time to their fellow cast members.
However, I thought it was a good idea to introduce the mystery of where they had disappeared and why a little later in the game. In the end, everything comes to a really dramatic conclusion next week and the weeks that follow, and we also meet some brand-new characters.
“I found it to be a really cool activity, especially since we could film in secret and have fun with that.” We were a part of this grand conspiracy.”
Regarding the possibility that this is the couple’s permanent comeback, Matt hinted, saying, “Look, I’m still here. I remain here. I relocated two thousand kilometres away, but I’m still in Melbourne, where it’s freezing cold. That, is it a hint?
Takaya went on to say: “And then he couldn’t do much without his boo really, so…”