One of our favourite Summer Bay couples share what it is really like to film those steamy love scenes as their Home and Away characters Leah and Justin, plus reveal their idea of the perfect winter night date. 


Best date you’ve ever been on?

Ada Nicodemou: If there’s a seafood platter and some Champagne involved, that tends to be my favourite.

James Stewart: In New York with Sarah [Roberts, James’ fiancée] – we had a really beautiful dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant and then went to see To Kill a Mockingbird with Jeff Daniels – one of the best theatre shows we’ve ever seen. It was one of those nights we’ll always remember.

What’s it really like filming love scenes?

Ada: Oh, just awkward and you’re happy when they’re over. [Laughs] There’s nothing romantic about a studio full of people and there’s basic choreography you have to get through.


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All-time favourite Home and Away couple?

Ada: Leah and Vinnie (Ryan Kwanten). Ryan’s such an amazing actor and a good friend as well – and they were just a really sweet, innocent couple. And now I really like Dean and Ziggy.

James: Once it was Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George), but now I love Alf (Ray Meagher) and Martha (Belinda Giblin).

What romantic advice would you give your character?

Ada: Just go in with her heart, which Leah always does. Even though she’s previously been very unlucky in love, I like the fact that she jumps in there and doesn’t think twice.

James: Take a chance, man!

Which characters would you like to see embarking on a new romance?

Ada: Alf (Ray Meagher) and Martha (Belinda Giblin) for sure.

James: I’d really like to see Mason (Orpheus Pledger) find someone – he’s got a lot of love to give.

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