When Jasmine Delaney’s (Sam Frost) long-lost siblings Rose and Xander show up in Summer Bay, Cash Newman (Nicolas Cartwright) shows to be the voice of reason.
As fans are aware, Xander (Luke Van Os) made his début earlier this week, questioning Irene (Lynne McGranger) about Jasmine.
On Friday (May 6), Jasmine meets with Xander, but she receives the shock of her life when he discloses that he is her brother and that they share the same father.
Cue the drama!
‘It’s extremely unexpected!,’ actor Nicholas Cartwright, who plays Cash, told Metro.co.uk. ‘I’m watching the storyline come out now in Australia, and it really comes from nowhere.
‘There is no one in Jasmine’s life, and then all of a sudden, there are these two people on her doorstep! It really is a whirlwind for her, in particular, at the moment.’
Jasmine has trouble processing Xander’s news, let alone the fact that her half-sister Rose (Kirsty Marillier) has appeared.
This is where Cash comes in, as he provides comfort to his partner while also encouraging her to keep her choices open and consider getting to know her family.
‘[Jasmine’s] initial reaction, and rightly so, is that she’s affronted at the concept to have two siblings turning up on her doorstep, that whom she shares a father,’ explained Nicholas.
‘So when she pushes back on the scenario, Cash goes into full support mode. He’s like: “This is a real opportunity. This is actually what you really need. Rather than push away from the situation, push into it.”
‘Cash’s role in all of this is to make sure Jasmine feels safe and comfortable and to make sure that she’s not listening to her flight reflex and runs away. He wants to make sure she really leans in and gets to know her family, and at least gives them a go!’
Jasmine, on the other hand, is initially uninterested in Cash’s viewpoint, resulting in a rift between the two.
‘She doesn’t want to know [Rose and Xander], and isn’t interested in learning any more about her father,’ the soap star told us. ‘ That’s what she says, but Cash knows that actually she’s hurt by what happened with her father, and she’s got a lot of questions.
‘There is a little bit of contention between the two, but I think they communicate very well for a soap opera couple! [laughs]. They talk it out, and get to a point where Jasmine is at least willing to engage with Rose and Xander.’
Cash, oddly, runs into Rose at the pool before he realizes who she is. Furthermore, he runs into her again after witnessing her make a citizen’s arrest when Salt is robbed.
Nicholas revealed that Cash and Rose had a “bit of banter” before they even realise who they are, which is ideal given the upcoming major twist, as it comes out that Rose is also a police officer!
‘Cash is a bit embarrassed,’ added the Home and Away star, discussing his character’s reaction to finding out what Rose does for a living.
‘He’s giving her a bit of lecture at the cop shop, telling her to look after herself – and she just listens to him, letting him dig a hole, and then she whacks a badge down on the desk!
‘I think Cash thinks is pretty funny [laughs]. It’s a practical joke. He kind of gets put in his place straight away! It establishes a good-humored relationship between the two, that lasts for quite a while!’
Nicholas also teased what fans might expect in the coming months, promising some “amazing” scenes.
‘All I will say is that if things are looking good, then things might not be as they seem in Summer Bay. Because everything is perfect right now, right?
‘If everything is going perfectly, then the writers are getting ready to bring a hammer down! So get ready for some changes! There is a lot of excitement, a lot of great stuff.’
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