Takaya Honda, who plays Takaya on Neighbours, recently shared a moving throwback photo on Instagram of his first visit on Ramsay Street.
Honda captioned the shot, which shows him and his friend Liv Zak standing on the set of the show, on Instagram, saying, “This was my first time ever on Ramsay St. back in 2016.”
“It was such a strange feeling as it was a street I had seen so much of on television, but once I was there it was such a normal suburban street, because, well, it is.”
“Which is probably what makes the show so relatable, these characters could be your Neighbours and your ‘good friends’,” he continued, tagging the show’s Instagram account and adding the hashtag #celebratingNeighbours.
Honda has played David Tanaka in Neighbours for the past six years, after previously appearing in A gURLs wURLd, The Code, and The Family Law as Josh, Jase, and Klaus Thomson.
Prior to joining the long-running Australian serial, he hosted My Great Big Adventure and Play School.
Honda’s persona David is gay and married to Aaron (Matt Wilson), and their marriage was the first on-screen gay wedding in Australia.
In recent storylines, David confides in his buddy Dean Covey (Travis Cotton) about his marital problems, prompting Aaron to suspect Dean has emotions for David.
In the upcoming episodes, David will be surprised when Dean tries to kiss him, putting the couple’s rocky relationship in jeopardy.
“It’s such a combination of feelings for David,” Honda recently told Digital Spy about the narrative. He’s plainly remorseful and regretful that Aaron was correct all along about Dean’s desire for more.
“He also feels completely betrayed by Dean as well, because Dean had allowed David to feel like he was in a safe space to say whatever he wanted.”
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