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Firefly Lane: Ben Lawson sneaks QLD State of Origin jersey into scene

What is a Queensland Maroons jersey doing on an American TV show? Actor Ben Lawson explains weird wardrobe detail in Netflix series Firefly Lane

Former Neighbours actor Ben Lawson is starring in the hit Netflix 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.

Ben, 41, who hails from Brisbane, told 9Honey he’d snuck the vintage jersey into the show’s wardrobe and convinced the producers to let him wear it.

Surprise! Fans of Netflix drama Firefly Lane were left scratching their heads recently after they spotted Ben Lawson’s character wearing a Queensland State of Origin jersey during a scene

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: Ben, 41, who hails from Brisbane, told 9Honey he'd snuck the vintage jersey into the show's wardrobe and convinced the producers to let him wear it

Aussie: Ben, 41, who hails from Brisbane, told 9Honey he’d snuck the vintage jersey into the show’s wardrobe and convinced the producers to let him wear it

‘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 TV producer named Johnny Ryan in Firefly Lane, which also stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke (all pictured)

All-star cast: Ben plays a TV producer named Johnny Ryan in Firefly Lane, which also stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke (all 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 Australian actor, who played Frazer Yeats in Neighbours from 2006 to 2008, has been making waves in Hollywood since moving stateside several years ago

Man of the moment: 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

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