Patrick O’Connor is the newest home and away star to dye his naturally dark hair blonde.
In recent months, his castmates Lukas Radovich and Kawakawa Fox-Reo have also unveiled platinum looks, lightened in preparation for Australia’s upcoming beach summer.
And now Sophie Dillman has shared her approval of the look. Sophie plays Ziggy Astoni on the show while Patrick plays Dean Thompson. Proving that life imitates art, the pair are coupled on both the series and in real life, with Ziggy’s pregnancy on the show even opening up conversations about possible future plans between the co-stars.
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Sophie shared (via Yahoo Lifestyle) that “Paddy talked about going blonde [for a while]. When I first met him in drama school, it was almost 10 years ago, he had blonde hair.”
Recalling their early days together, she said: “He looked fantastic. Like, it really suited him. So he said, “I want to shave my head and dye it blonde.” And he’s been saying that for so long.”
While Patrick could be the third cast member to go blonde, his partner jokingly revealed that he acknowledges the honor of first having the idea.
“Paddy said, ‘You’re copying me… and I’m going to look like I’m the copier!’ But he had the original idea,” she said.
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Most importantly, she stressed that her boyfriend is glad he finally took the plunge and that she is equally confident in his new look: “He loves it and I love it. I think it looks great.”
While everything is fine with the real couple, their characters don’t have it so easy. Hopefully things will get happier soon for the expectant soap duo as the show continues to reflect some of Sophie and Patrick’s relationship experiences.
home and away airs weekdays at 1:45 p.m. on Channel 5 and at 6 p.m. on 5STAR. First look screenings will air at 6:30pm on 5STAR and the show will also stream on My5.
In Australia, the show airs Monday to Thursday at 7pm on Channel 7 and streams on 7plus.
Select classic episodes are available via Prime video In the United Kingdom.
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