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Hugo Weaving speaks about why he chooses Australian productions over films and TV shows overseas

Hugo Weaving reveals why he prefers Australian productions over international films and TV shows – and admits that he HATES Los Angeles


Hugo Weaving has always been one of Australia’s most recognisable and talented performers abroad, starring in a variety of local and international productions.

But the English-born actor has revealed that he much prefers Australian productions over overseas roles in an interview with the Today show on Tuesday. 

Hugo, 61, appeared on the breakfast program to speak about his new Australian drama series Love Me before he talked at length about his considerable preference for local productions. 

Preferences: Hugo Weaving spoke about why he chooses Australian productions over roles in overseas film and television

‘My focus has always been in Australia,’ the Matrix star told fill-in hosts Sarah Abo and Charles Croucher. ‘I’ve worked for the Sydney Theatre Company for 40 years now.’ 

‘I tend to favour local productions over working overseas,’ he continued. ‘My first choice of roles, I always look for things here, for working on film here.’ 

The Lord of the Rings actor describes working on Australian shows as ‘the norm’ for him as he commented on his distaste for Los Angeles.

'My focus has always been in Australia': Hugo, 61, appeared on the breakfast program to speak about his upcoming Australian drama series Love Me before he talked at length about his preference for local productions

‘My focus has always been in Australia’: Hugo, 61, appeared on the breakfast program to speak about his upcoming Australian drama series Love Me before he talked at length about his preference for local productions

‘I do work in Australia. I’ve never lived in Los Angeles, I hate the place. I much rather live and work here and work on great Australian scripts.’ 

He added that Australian productions have ‘always been my focus’. 

Hugh filmed Love Me earlier this year in Melbourne. 

The six-part romantic drama series explores love as experienced within a family, with each member at a different stage of their life.

Adamant: The Matrix star spoke to Today fill-in hosts Sarah Abo and Charles Croucher about favouring Australian productions, saying, 'I've never lived in Los Angeles, I hate the place. I much rather live and work here and work on great Australian scripts'

Adamant: The Matrix star spoke to Today fill-in hosts Sarah Abo and Charles Croucher about favouring Australian productions, saying, ‘I’ve never lived in Los Angeles, I hate the place. I much rather live and work here and work on great Australian scripts’

The show is adapted from the Swedish series Älska Mig, which was created by Josephine Bornebusch, with the Australian version directed by Emma Freeman.

In addition to Hugo, Love Me will also star Heidi Arena, Celia Pacquola, Bojana Novakovic, Bob Morley and Heather Mitchell. 

Hugo is also set to star in the Australian film Loveland next year.  

Loveland is directed by Ivan Sen, who helmed the neo-western movies Mystery Road and Goldstone. 

Latest project: Hugh filmed Love Me earlier this year in Melbourne . The six-part romantic drama series explores love as experienced within a family, with each member at a different stage of their life. Pictured: Hugo at the Love Me premiere in Sydney

Latest project: Hugh filmed Love Me earlier this year in Melbourne . The six-part romantic drama series explores love as experienced within a family, with each member at a different stage of their life. Pictured: Hugo at the Love Me premiere in Sydney

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