Neighbours star Alin Sumarwata has revealed her alter-ego Vanessa Villante is in for a surprise when she discovers she is pregnant.
Vanessa and boyfriend Lucas Fitzgerald (Scott Major) make the unexpected discovery shortly after Lauren Turner (Kate Kendall) jokes that Vanessa might be expecting, but the couple's delight is overshadowed by financial issues and their concern that the unborn child could inherit the same heart defect as their son Patrick.
The Neighbours actress told Australia's TV Week: "Vanessa definitely thinks the timing is not swell, given their situation. She was hoping they would be more financially stable before having any more children. Lucas can't really believe it when she tells him. He's happy of course, but obviously quite shaken."
She added: "I think Patrick's health plays on their mind a bit. The thought of seeing another child suffer so much is unbearable, but the chance of life and happiness drives her."
The couple decide to move out after Lucas accepts Paul Robinson's dismal offer on his house, and Alin revealed their strong bond could bring them closer than ever.
"Both Vanessa and Lucas are hard-working individuals who have an entrepreneurial spirit. Vanessa takes this opportunity to leap right into launching her own cupcake business," she continued.
"Plus, Lucas will look into more ways to improve his garage and if they continue to be strong for each other and work towards a common goal, they will not only cope, but overcome this."
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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