Home And Away's Hunter returns to his bad boy ways
It looks like supposedly reformed Summer Bay bad boy Hunter King is going back to his old ways – and that could be disastrous for other Summer Bay residents.
Directionless as his relationship with Olivia (Raechelle Banno) is in tatters, the teen looks set to go off the rails again – and actor Scott Lee could not be happier.
"I feel great about it. I love being a little b..... I think it's fun. I quite enjoy the heavier storylines," says the 24-year-old actor of the Home And Away character he has played for the past 18 months.
As the long-running soap gears up for its Christmas cliffhanger – cue danger and likely death for Summer Bay locals – Lee will not be drawn on details but admits that Hunter is heavily involved in the coming mayhem.
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His "history and criminal history" guarantee that, he adds.
When Hunter – the son of the late and unlamented murderous Charlotte King (Erika Heynetz) and Zac MacGuire (Charlie Clausen) – first arrived in the bay, he upset locals and fans with his wicked ways.
The troubled teen burnt down the house Zac shared with his wife Leah (Ada Nicodemou), assaulted Josh Barrett (Jackson Gallagher) during a break-in at the Summer Bay House and stole the safe from the diner.
"When I started most people didn't really like my character," Lee admits.
"However, since his relationship with Olivia, he's kind of chilled out a little bit so most fans like him now."
Olivia, who has problems of her own, helped the bereaved teenager to come to terms with his mother's death and build a relationship with his new family. But she also became frustrated with his inability to plan for his future.
Lee says the pair are soulmates and will always love each other.
"I don't think you ever stop loving the first person you fall in love with," he says.
"But they've both had hard lives and I think their relationship slowly becomes a little bit co-dependent. It does get a little bit toxic because they're both a little bit screwed up."
Now, with the relationship over and Olivia attracted to Mason, Hunter is on his own again and things are not going well.
"He has a bit of a temper," Lee says, adding he finds it interesting to explore a character whose background is vastly different to his own.
"On the outside, we are quite different but it's really fun finding the similarities between myself and Hunter and there are quite a few. I think that's the fun in acting."
Lee says he doesn't believe Hunter is that different to a lot of teenage boys.
"I think it is an issue for many. You go to school and everyone's telling you that you need to have a decision made (about your future)," he says.
"When I was at school I wanted to be a physio, but when I went out into the world I realised I wanted to be an actor. I think when you are in the last year of high school it feels like the be-all and the end-all – that you have to have all your answers kind of locked in and I think that's definitely what's happened to Hunter."
Lee has no trouble coming up with some advice for his alter-ego.
"I'd probably tell him to take a step back and look at what's around him. He has had quite a tough upbringing, but since being in the Bay he's found a family, he's got people around that love him and I think sometimes he forgets and gets taken over by his emotions and doesn't actually look around him," Lee says.
"He's got really good friends in Olivia, VJ (Matt Little) and his dad has done quite a good job of starting a father-son relationship.
"He should just chill out and stop being so aggressive."
Lee himself has no problem being grateful for the way his life has panned out since winning the role of Hunter.
"It's completely changed my life. I get to do what I love. Raechelle and Matt Little are my best friends and I get to work with them every day.
"I've learnt so much about being on set and working with people. It's a dream job and it's weird that we're paid to do something that we love."
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- TV Guide