Home and Away star speaks candidly about body insecurities

Despite his heartthrob status, Kawakawa Fox-Reo hasn’t always been completely confident.
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Even a casual viewer of iconic Aussie show Home and Away knows it’s always summer in Summer Bay.

For the actors inhibiting the world, that generally means stripping off to boardshorts and bikinis for the majority of the beach scenes.

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In a new interview with Stuff NZ, one of the show’s most genetically blessed actors, Kawakawa Fox-Reo, 22, has opened up about the pressure that comes with that.

Speaking to the publication, the actor confessed that when he first took on the job, one of his concerns was feeling as though his body wasn’t buff enough for the shirtless scenes.

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Kawakawa Fox-Reo (left, pictured with Rob Kipa-Williams, centre and Ethan Browne, right) admitted he’s been insecure about his body in the past. (Credit: Instagram)

“That was a long time ago now and I think everyone goes through their own journey with their own insecurities,” Kawakawa Fox-Reo, who plays Nikau Parata, said.

“At that time, it was something I was really self-conscious about, just because it was being shown to the world for people to comment on, but no one’s perfect.”

The New Zealand-born star added that he used to take social media comments about his body to heart but has since learnt to take them with a grain of salt.

“I’ve learnt to not give much energy to those comments. Everyone has the unique beautiful things about them and what I have is what makes me, me.”

Kawakawa Fox-Reo
“I have learnt over time just to get over myself and do my job.” (Credit: Channel Seven)

It’s not the first time Kawakawa has spoken about body insecurities and made similar comments in an interview with PerthNow last year.

“I have always been a skinny kid. I’ve always had quite a fast metabolism,” he said.

“I have learnt over time just to get over myself and do my job.”

He added: “I’ve learnt to love myself a little bit more in the process of that, too. Right now, it is not a big deal at all, whereas it used to be something that I was scared about.”

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