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    Posted on 13 Jun 2017

    We Found Out Secrets From A Background Actor On "Neighbours"

    For everyone who's always dreamed of being BFFs with Harold and Lou.

    I think we can all agree that Neighbours is the best and most iconic Aussie soap of all time – sorry, not sorry, Home and Away.

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    P.S. LOOK at those white boots Skye is wearing.

    While the majority of us grew up wishing we could live on Ramsay Street, go to Erinsborough High, and have a drink at Lou's, there are a few people out there that actually got to live out those dreams.

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    Yep, the extras. We spoke to Andy Hazel, who has been a background actor on the show five times, to get the inside scoop on the inner workings of our fave TV show.

    Here's what we learned:

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    They're not afraid to reuse the same extras multiple times.

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    "The first time, I was asked to be a buyer at a fashion expo," Andy told BuzzFeed. "I seemed to play an implausible number of characters. For the first hour I was a handyman putting up a sign, later I was browsing through boxes of cheap clothes, then I was elbowing people aside to get to Donna Freedman's great creation, the Shrugalero."

    What's the Shrugalero you ask? Well. It's a fashion item invented by Donna aka Margot Robbie. It was ugly and only lasted as a storyline for a hot minute until something much more dramatic happened.

    It also takes a hell of a long time to film.

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    "I was a pedestrian [in a scene where] Toadie drove off after arguing with someone, and I had to look annoyed at him. This took about three hours."

    "Another time I was walking around a hospital in a white gown (I brought my own stethoscope!) with a clipboard and a name tag looking very serious and busy. This was another half-day call."

    The actors have really long days on set.

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    Andy says he chatted with Jordan Smith who plays Andrew Robinson. Jordan said they have 12-hour filming days, starting at 5am, then have to go home and rehearse lines for the next day.

    According to Andy, in one of the scenes he watched being filmed, the teenage actors kept messing up their lines and having to reshoot. "Then the older actors came out and they banged everything out in one take and left."

    The producers don't really give a fuck about accents, it would seem.

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    Scottish-born Jordan told Andy "how weird it was that the producers were fine with his accent wandering from Scotland to Melbourne mid-sentence".

    And if you ever wanted to be an extra, don't count on making bank.

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    "I don't do extras work anymore because the pay was awful ($20 an hour, which the agency takes a cut of), and you spend almost all your time standing around chatting about being an extra with other extras."

    There you have it folks! May the drama live on forever.

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