Matthew Werkmeister (Neighbours' Zeke Kinski) Interview

Apart from acting, what are your other passions/hobbies/interests?

Skimboarding at the beach, and eating.

How long do you hope to work on Neighbours for?

As long as possible, I love it there.

Who do you hang out with from the Neighbours cast when you’re not working?

The main guys I hang out with are Caitlin (Rachel) and Dichen (Katya).

What is your favourite UK city and what did you like about it?

I love Kent, I went there with a performing company and everyone there is great.

What’s been your favourite storyline that Zeke’s been involved in?

I have loved seeing Zeke grow up. Like, playing footy, and being in a hostage situation. And when he got drunk on red lemonade - at first I was thinking "oh no", but it ended up being one of my funniest times on set.

What's the atmosphere like backstage with so many Neighbours cast members departing this year and the reports of the show having a big revamp?

Well, it is sad to see so many cast leave, but saying that, it is great for the show (new sets, new cast, more fun, more of the Neighbours people to grow up with).

Have you had any memorable letters from fans?

I received a piece of mail telling me that I was now part of WAAAAGH (Worldwide Association for the Assessment, Appreciation and Advancement of Gorgeousness and Hunkiness), it made me laugh. Haha, me hunky?!

Some viewers have noticed that many of Zeke’s characteristics are similar to those of a person with Asperger's Syndrome - is this something that you or the writers have deliberately incorporated into the character?

It wasn't really written at first, so me and the writers made up his quirks. I think Zeke is now starting to grow out of it as he meets new people and picks up how to be more social, but he will always be very knowledgeable.

Can you give us any hints about what’s coming up for Zeke?

Well, I have a storyline with two returning cast members.

Which other film/TV actors would you like to work with? If you could join the cast of any TV show (current or past), which would you choose?

Wow, well I love Hugh Jackman, but I would love to be a part of Doctor Who, such a great show!

14th April 2007.

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Written by Will Martin.