The very private lives of TV's hottest new couple | Hot Summer Love
18th November 1989 - TV Week
By Darren Devlyn
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A full-on romance between Alex and newcomer Tammy is set to take off!
They’re set to become television’s hottest young couple. Coopers Crossing’s heart-throb Alex Papps will team up with newcomer Tammy MacIntosh. While Tammy, who plays nurse Annie Rogers, is yet to make her screen debut in The Flying Doctors, she’s filming scenes that lead to a full-on romance.
Despite their personalities being poles apart – Alex is confident but reserved, Tammy bursts with energy – they share an excitement about what is set to happen; and they’re alike in the manner they protect their lives away from The Flying Doctors set.
Alex, who plays Nick Cardaci, admits he lives in an inner-Melbourne suburban apartment with a female film teacher – “not my girlfriend”, and he says that when he meets women socially, he’s sometimes wary of their intentions. “I wonder if they’re taking an interest in me only because of who I am,” he says, but as far as specific details are concerned, that, Alex says, is his own business.
Tammy, recruited from the Nine Network’s C’Mon Kids program, is also conscious of the effect publicising her private life can have. The subject of her childhood – which saw her in the care of several foster families – is too delicate to discuss. Tammy, who’s living with a friend’s parents in Melbourne, considered joining the DAS Entertainment stable – the Gavan Disney-Daryl Somers organisation which produces Hey, Hey It’s Saturday. “There was some talk of me appearing on the show… and on Our Place,” Tammy says. “I went through a trial period with Gavan to see how we got along. It’s been very confusing. It was decided I’d find another agent because I’m involved in acting rather than becoming a personality.”
Working on The Flying Doctors is proving the perfect vehicle for Tammy’s unbridled energy. “There are lots of fun scenes happening for me,” Tammy says. “As far as Annie’s relationship with Nick goes, she spends a lot of time telling everyone else in town that they’re not about to get married. I think it’s good that this is not being rushed because it allows for a lot of fun along the way.”
Alex is also pleased the relationship is building slowly. In his short acting career, Alex has already been a screen husband once – as Frank in Home and Away. “I feel comfortable in the knowledge they’re not just going to marry Nick and Annie off,” he says. “It’s more the nature of a serial, not a series, to rush things like that.”
Alex is confident his inclusion (and that of Tammy and Brett Climo) in the series has been accepted well by cast members as well as fans of the show. “From what I can gather, the show needed a change,” he says. “I think everyone was feeling that it was getting a little bogged down… and bringing in new people seems to have given it a breath of fresh air, because ratings are showing an extended audience.”