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.
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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