WHO’s Sexiest: Home & Away’s Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman “been dating for months”

"There hasn’t been a day that we haven’t seen each other."
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It’s not unusual for reel love to spill over into real life, and like many couples before them, Home and Away’s Sophie Dillman and Paddy O’Connor couldn’t help but fall for each other after the cameras stopped rolling.

WHO’s SEXIEST:  Rapid fire questions with Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor

The actors, who play Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni on the long-running show, sparked dating rumours when Paddy posted a holiday-looking snap of Sophie on his Instagram, but they’ve been tight-lipped about their romance until now.

A smitten Sophie and Patrick, both 27reveal to WHO how their romance blossomed, and it turns out these two knew each other long before their Summer Bay days.

You’ve done well to keep this relationship a secret!

Dillman: Yeah, it’s been under wraps for a bit!

So how long have you been an item?

O’Connor: Most of this year.

Tell us how it all began.

Dillman: Well, we actually met at uni

O’Connor: Which, as of this year, was six or seven years ago.

Dillman: We knew each other at school and then we met at uni, but we didn’t spend a lot of time together. Then we started working together, and Bob’s your uncle!

“Since we’ve started dating, there hasn’t been a day that we haven’t seen each other.” (Credit: WHO by Peter Brew-Bevan)

Was there a moment when the chemistry was just too much to ignore?

O’Connor: It would have been after [filming in country town Parachilna in South Australia]… we were in this remote, beautiful place in Australia and sometimes you just get swept up in the beauty of your surroundings.

Dillman: And you really see everything [about the other person].

Did your co-stars or crew suspect you were together?

O’Connor: It was pretty obvious!

Working and dating you must spend all your time together?

O’Connor: Since we’ve started dating, there hasn’t been a day that we haven’t seen each other.

Do you find dating another actor is easier?

O’Connor: They do understand things that can be hard to explain to someone who’s not an actor.

Dillman: We are really lucky being in this industry, ifyou weren’t working with your partner, you’d never see them!

Are you guys living together?

Dillman: No.

O’Connor: We are looking at getting a dog.

Dillman: But we argue over the dog breeds. I really want a bulldog.

O’Connor: They are so ugly! And they dribble.

Dillman: They’re just like me! [Laughs]

O’Connor: You do drool.

Dillman: Really sexy!

Speaking of sexy, what attracts you most to each other?

O’Connor: Well, Sophie’s obviously beautiful. We’re pretty similar with our personalities.

Dillman: We’re both fairly stubborn and focused!

WHO’s SEXIEST: BTS with Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor

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