tempting fate by Alyce Cowell
n life, there are three types of people. There are those that have a clear set of goals and an even clearer head – they know what they want and they’ll do anything to get there. And they usually do. Then there are those that give it their best shot but for whatever reason, they just don’t get there. Lastly, there are the people who have a little something extra, the ‘X’ factor – they might not plan on striking it big but as fate would have it, they will anyway. It comes to you. At risk of sounding brash on his behalf, Scott McGregor falls into the latter category. Born in small-town Albury, New South Wales, Scott became passionate about graphic design, going on to study it before trying his luck in modelling and a little show called Temptation stepped in and changed his course of fate. “I did some modelling while I was studying and I really got into [it] for something different, earn a bit of cash on the side, meet some new people and that sort of thing,” Scott tells COVET. “You go into these roles not knowing who you’re going to meet and where it might take you… I never really got into modelling to make a career out of it… but it does open up a lot of doors and you do meet a lot of people.” One of those people is long-term girlfriend and fellow model Chelsea Butler who appeared alongside Scott on Temptation as his comodel. Almost five years on they are still in a relationship and living together. After landing his break and the girl of his dreams in an industry he was working at “on the side”, one would think luck might dry up but for Scott it only opened up more doors. “[The production company] rang me out of the blue one day and said how would you like to be one of the hosts for Holidays For Sale? So I went in and had a meeting and before I knew it I was travelling around Australia doing stories for that.” In addition to this, a hosting gig on Fox8’s Blood, Sweat and Gears, a bit part in Underbelly and a bevy of commercial appearances both in print and on TV meant Scott’s career had been decided for him. In August, his future looked brighter again after landing his “first decent part” as successful workaholic Detective Mark Brennan on long-running Australian soap Neighbours. Added to the cast to investigate an attempted murder on Paul Robinson, Brennan finds himself attracting love interests along the way. His contract of four weeks was extended into six months to accommodate for this central storyline he’s involved in. As McGregor discusses his new character, I can’t help but wonder if they’re alike in any way. Although passionate about his work, McGregor is by no means a workaholic, listing his other interests as AFL, cricket, poker, surfing, golf and music. Love interest, on the other hand? Well you can see why he is one of Australia’s favourite male models. Although McGregor’s original career plan might have looked a little different, it seems he’s settling into his newfound ‘actor’ title. “I think it was something that I’ve always really liked and I wanted to do but it’s another thing hoping to pay your mortgage and your bills with. I think that’s the difference between making a career out of it and just having something to do on the side. The first couple of weeks were a bit daunting meeting everyone and I felt like I was at a new high school, but I’m really enjoying myself now. It’s great!” Model, presenter and actor for now, but would McGregor dare improve on a career trifecta down the track? “I’d like to get into more of the production side… Go back to design or work for an advertising agency. I think it’d be great to be an art director.” Something tells me he might just reach that goal too.
COVET MAGAZINE ISSUE 4 OCT/NOV