Sam Frost, a Summer Bay actor, believes her favourite pastime is weird. The former Australian Bachelorette, who currently portrays Jasmine Shaw on Home and Away, confesses that she enjoys watching people.
She admits, “When I go to a coffee shop, I’m like a little creep.”
“I like just studying people’s body language and attempting to deduce their relationship to the other person. Humans are fascinating animals, and I enjoy learning about them.”
Frost says she’s been fascinated by human behaviour for a long time.
“I’ve been fascinated in it since I was in my early twenties. “I studied it for almost a year at university, but I didn’t complete my degree,” she adds.
“Psychology, human behaviour, and the brain interest me. In my leisure time, I’m a bit of a nerd who reads a lot of books and research papers.”
The 31-year-old performer has openly discussed her personal problems with depression and spends her free time advocating for more mental health awareness.
“I work closely with a psychologist to figure out why I’m the way I am, why I’m triggered by certain things, and why I’m concerned about certain things. “It’s all fascinating,” she exclaims. “I’m just interested by people in general and why they act the way they do.”
Summer Bay’s troubled teen Bella is played by Courtney Miller, with whom she develops an interest. Miller has a psychology degree, and the two have become good friends because they share a dressing room.
“Especially when it comes to simply life and people and dramas, you know, the things that are going on in your personal life,” Frost adds. “OK, let’s attempt to figure out why they’re the way they are,” we say.
Frost has had to lead her character through enough trauma to shatter even the toughest person since she made her Home and Away debut in 2017, so having an understanding of the human psyche has almost certainly been a bonus.
When Jasmine came in Summer Bay on the run from an abusive boyfriend, she was further devastated when pregnant local officer Kat Chapman (Pia Miller) died in a vehicle accident.
Since then, the young nurse has been widowed, gone through a phantom pregnancy, attempted to kidnap a baby from Tori Morgan (Penny McNamee), suffered from debilitating panic attacks, survived a siege, and suffered amnesia following an explosion.
Frost advises, “You simply have to accept the chaos.”
“People make jokes about the number of kidnappings and explosions, but it’s all in good fun. It’s thrilling.”
And now, a year after her husband and undercover policeman Robbo Shaw (Jake Ryan) died, it appears that Jasmine may finally find happiness in the shape of a potential new love interest – Summer Bay’s gorgeous new detective Cash Newman (Nick Cartwright).
Frost adds of the budding relationship, “Nick and I get along like a house on fire, so I’m happy and Jasmine’s excited.”
“However, Jasmine does play hard to get.”
It’s easy to understand why Jasmine might be hesitant to get engaged with yet another officer.
“I believe she has poor taste in men. She isn’t aware of the warning signs. Instead, she snatches the red flags and wraps them around her neck like a scarf,” Frost jokes. “I believe she’s attempting to be wiser and more cautious with Cash.
“She says, ‘I can’t do this again.'” If you’re a cop, you know what that implies. It denotes a degree of unpredictability.’ Her prior relationships with police officers have ended badly, with one being sentenced to life in prison (Colby Thorne, played by Tim Franklin) and the other being killed. ‘No, thank you,’ she says. Please leave me alone and leave me alone.’
For viewers of the Australian drama, Jasmine’s new infatuation is only the beginning of a roller-coaster few months, according to Frost.
“There’s a lot more to come. This is without a doubt the most exciting period in my four years at Home and Away. And it’s just going to grow better over the following six months. I truly believe that everyone will like it.”