Ryan Moloney (Neighbours' Toadie Rebecchi) Interview

Ryan Moloney was originally scheduled to play Toadie in one scene, but then became a recurring character on the show. He proved to be so popular with Neighbours fans that he was asked to stay. Since then Toadie has gone through many changes in his life.

“Like Toadie, I’ve literally grown up with Neighbours,” says Ryan. “Since I started out as a tearaway teenager in the series, I’ve experienced many transformations.

“But from being a bit of a bad boy, I’ve turned into a lawyer who’s supposedly a responsible member of the community. Even so, Toadie’s the type of lawyer who probably likes to take his pants off behind the desk. He’s not very good at his job because all his clients get a three-year prison sentence!”

It’s not just Toadie’s personality that’s changed throughout the series, either.

“My hairstyle has had its interesting moments,” laughs Ryan. “I used to have a mullet like Scott Robinson, who Jason Donovan played. It was dreadful as I looked as if I had a possum hanging off the back of my head!”

If there’s one word Ryan would use to describe his time in Neighbours, it’s “fun”.

“Toadie’s very similar to me when he messes around,” he says. “In fact he is me, seeing how much fun and frivolity I can get away with.”

Ryan’s most amusing moments include wrestling with Patrick Harvey, who played Connor O’Neill, dressed in red and black spandex and a mask.

“We were actually trained for that and had to work out wrestling routines,” he recalls. “Just picking people up, slamming them and getting slammed myself, was very physical and hard. You can get hurt if you don’t do it properly.”

Spandex aside, what does fate have in store for the inimitable Mr Toad?

“Well, he’s supposed to be getting married to Steph (Carla Bonner),” says Ryan.
“But if you look at Toadie’s track record, weddings and him just don’t mix…
“Remember what happened when he married Dee? They were having a bit of a pash in the car while he was driving, and the car ended up plunging over a cliff. Tragically, Dee died in the fall. So as far as I’m concerned, Toadie should stay single forever. It’s safer that way!”

In reality Ryan has been married for four years to Alison Hayward and has a one-year-old daughter, Erin.

“Alison’s an ordinary person who has nothing to do with acting, thank goodness,” says Ryan. “Thanks to her, I’m very fit these days. She’s been running all her life and has encouraged me to do the same. I enter marathons now. Sometimes when I’m out training, a big kangaroo starts running alongside me. It’s quite startling but very funny when that happens.”

Ryan’s first acting experience was with the Merilyn Brend Children's Teenagers and Adults Theatre Company in Melbourne when he was ten years old. His first role in a feature film was in Say A Little Prayer in 1993. Since then his TV credits have included: Rove Live; The Big Breakfast; The Saturday Show and Good Morning Australia.

In April 2004, he was nominated for a Golden Rose of Montreux award for Best Actor in a Soap. The following year he appeared as a celebrity guest on Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow.

Ryan is an active charity worker for causes such as the Forgotten Children Rescue Foundation. He is also a patron of the Down Syndrome Association in Victoria, Australia.

Neighbours makes its debut on Five on Monday 11th February 2008 in its traditional slots of 1.45pm and 5.30pm every weekday.