Exclusive: Neighbours star Tim Kano on new rift for Leo and Terese

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Neighbours star Tim Kano has revealed new tensions ahead for his character Leo Tanaka and Terese Willis.

Leo is currently grieving after his on-off girlfriend Britney Barnes (Montana Cox) lost her life in the recent storm disaster.

Viewers have already seen Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) blame herself for what happened, knowing that she could have evacuated the Flamingo Bar more quickly before the telegraph pole crashed into it.

Chloe Brennan (April Rose Pengilly) tried to reassure Terese otherwise, pointing out that the timings in question wouldn't have made any difference.

Photo credit: Fremantle / Jane Zhang - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle / Jane Zhang - Channel 5

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Speaking to Digital Spy about the aftermath of Britney's death, Tim explained: "Leo goes through different stages of grief, and there's definitely an element of blame when the death of somebody could have been avoided.

"When you look at the facts of this storm, the tragedy at the Flamingo Bar could have been avoided if safety measures had been in place. And who manages Lassiters but Terese Willis?

"She apparently had an opportunity to evacuate the bar sooner than it was, but she was too busy dealing with her own personal issues.

"Leo definitely goes on the warpath against Terese, wanting someone to pay. He ends up doing his own research, as a true Robinson would, by snooping around to find out what could have been done.

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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"When the conclusion comes out that it could have been Terese's fault, he definitely sees red and really goes for her."

Tim pointed out the tragic timing of the situation, as Leo and Britney had just started to work through their past issues and look to the future.

He told us: "It's heartbreaking for Leo. He'd started envisioning this future with a family, managing this gorgeous vineyard and having this amazing future together.

"Leo let his guard down around Britney, which makes her death even harder for him."

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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Asked whether he would have liked Britney to stay for longer, Tim replied: "I'd loved working with Montana. It was her first acting gig, but she really grew into the role. We had so much fun and did so many night shoots together.

"So personally as Tim, I would have loved for her to be there longer and explore that family dynamic. It would have been beautiful to see that blossom for a bit longer.

"But in saying that, it's been a really good opportunity for me as an actor to explore these other avenues that I haven't really been able to touch on with Leo before. We're showing him grieving as a single father and losing the love of his life.

"It's been trying and testing for me to explore those emotions. It was a catch 22 for sure! I joked with one of the producers and asked if we could bring in Britney's evil twin sister so we could bring Montana back! But because I really liked Montana as a person, that helped with the grief that I had to play with losing her."

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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