Swaggering, sexy, comfortable in his own skin and a jack of all trades, Riley is a brawler and a lover who loves drink and beautiful women. He is quick to laugh, but is equally quick-tempered and argumentative ... so, that's Riley Ward, but what about his alter-ego Dustin Clare? We had a chat to Dustin to see if he's anything like the man he plays.
How did you get the part of Riley?
- Starsign: Capricorn
- Where you grew up: Ballina and Maclean, NSW
- Where you live now: Adelaide (on the beach)
- Favourite hangout: the beach
- Single? Yes
- Brothers and sisters: sister and steps
- Favourite song: at the moment everything on Ryan Adams' Gold
- Worst song ever: 'Achie Breaky Heart' or that crap Paris Hilton one
- Best band: has to be the Beatles doesn't it?
- Favourite movie: don't have a single one but ... On the Waterfront, Vanilla Sky, Donnie Darko, Braveheart and All or Nothing are all in my top 10.
- Motto: passion mothers greatness
- What makes you laugh: life
Ye olde audition process.
Your character Riley is described as a bit of a loner, hard living, hard working, a brawler and a lover who loves drink and beautiful women, are you anything like him?
Yes and no. There are always pieces of yourself in your roles.
Riley's a bit of a ladies' man who is he most attracted to at Drovers and will there be any love interests in the future?
The beautiful Jodi. It's touch and go.
What can we expect from Riley in the coming months?
To find out a bit more about him and his past.
Riley's father is a very strict army major and his mother from a well-to-do Irish family. What is your background?
Boy from Ballina.
What's the best thing about working on McLeod's?
Getting to do what you love everyday and the fresh air.
How important is McLeod's to Australian TV?
Very important. All Australian dramas are, they give us a sense of identity. Something we as Australians can relate to.
Are you more comfortable in the country or the city?
What made you become an actor?
My heart said do it, so I did.
If you weren't an actor what profession would you be in?
There really is nothing else I want to do.
When you're not working how do you pass the time?
Play guitar, ride my motorbike, read.
Who is your acting idol?
Timothy Spall and Colin Friels.
What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done?
Running into a pole on a crowded street is always a good one.
What's the worst job you've ever had?
Washing windows and a lab assistant are topping my list.
How has your life changed since scoring a role on McLeod's?
Its still the same but I can afford to eat now.
How is fame treating you do you get chased down the street by women?
Is there anything else you'd like the world to know about you?
Dear Prime Minister, please sign the Kyoto agreement! Give workers a fair go and abolish the new workplace agreements.