What is a Queensland jersey doing on a major American TV show? Actor Ben Lawson explains weird wardrobe detail in Netflix series Firefly Lane
Former Neighbours actor Ben Lawson is starring in the Netflix hit drama Firefly Lane.
And fans of the show were left scratching their heads recently after they spotted His character wearing a Queensland State of Origin jersey during a scene.
Surprise: Firefly Lane’s Ben Lawson, 41, (pictured) revealed how he managed to sneak a Queensland origin jersey onto the hit Netflix show to Nine Honey on Tuesday
He wanted the jumper to be a nod to his Australian fans who have followed him since the start of his acting career.
Ben explained: ‘I saw the scene coming up in the script and thought it was an opportunity to reveal something about Johnny [Ryan, his character] with the kind of old knock-around clothes he’d wear at home.’
He then spoke to the costume department, who were happy to let him wear it.
‘First I spent a couple of hours scouring the Internet for something that would be period-appropriate,’ he said.
Aussie: ‘I saw the scene coming up in the script and thought it was an opportunity to reveal something about Johnny with the kind of old knock-around clothes he’d wear at home,’ Ben told the publication. Pictured: on the series
‘I found the ’91 Queensland jersey, sent her the link and said, “I know this makes no sense to you but it’s perfect for Johnny,”‘ he said.
‘And a whole bunch of people on the other side of the world will really appreciate it.
‘She bought it and had it express delivered. I think it arrived the day before the scene, it ended up being the right size and we were away.’
All-star cast: Ben plays a news producer named ‘Ryan’ on the hit series. It also stars actresses Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke (both pictured)
Ben plays a TV producer named Johnny Ryan in Firefly Lane, which also stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke.
The Australian actor, who played Frazer Yeats in Neighbours from 2006 to 2008, has been making waves in Hollywood since moving stateside several years ago.
Ben notably starred as Lachlan Murdoch in the 2019 film Bombshell, about the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News.
Man of the moment: The actor has been making waves in Hollywood since he first moved stateside. Ben starred as Lachlan Murdoch in the 2019 film, Bombshell.