He’s one of four English brothers who’ve made careers for themselves in the NRL since moving to Australia. But George Burgess, 26, reveals he wants to stand out on his own, with the father of two (and a third to come) telling WHO that his family means everything.
WATCH: Rapid fire questions with George Burgess
You’re set to bare all for The All New Monty to shine a light on men’s cancers. What made you decide to come on board?
My dad died when I was young (from motor neurone disease) and was taken away from us too early. This disease, while it’s different [to] prostate and testicular cancer, it still takes many men away from families. I thought if I can help in anyway then I’ll do what I can.
What’s the most beautiful part of being a dad?
I was so excited to become a dad. Another version of yourself, who just looks at you like you’re everything. To bring someone into the world and creating another life, it’s a pretty surreal feeling. I enjoy showing my son the way of the world and my daughter as well, but she’s only 7 months.
What’s the most beautiful thing about your wife?
Joanna, she’s just so caring and she’s really positive. That’s one of the first things I noticed about her and that’s what drew me to her. The past three years she’s just been pregnant, breastfeeding, pregnant, breastfeeding. It’s been tough for her. She’s a great mother. I’m very proud of her.
The most beautiful part of marriage?
The saying, “for better or for worse”, and committing yourself to one person. Everyone goes through their tough times in life, and the good times, and the main thing is to stick together throughout it all.
What’s something we don’t know about you?
I’ve got a creative side, which people don’t see because of the way I look. I love that side of me because it uses a different part of my brain and I like changing people’s opinion of me. I draw and I paint – that was my favourite subject in school, it wasn’t PE or anything, it was art and design.
Have you been given advice by anyone in the creative industry?
Russell Crowe has been a big help. He encouraged me to do Home and Away a few years ago, but it just didn’t eventuate. So, I’ve gone off and done things on my own. I did a movie last year, which is premiering at the Gold Coast Film Festival. That lit the fuse for me with acting, it got me the bug.