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PAUL'S PUBLICITY


DOWN-UNDER WONDER



CBS Soaps In Depth--
Up-Close and Personal



"Down-Under WONDER"

Paul Leyden (Simon) has discovered a unique side effect of being an Australian transplant to the United States: His accent has made him very popular! So much so that he has been known to exaggerate that Aussie drawl a bit. "When I'm speaking normally, or on the show, I use my normal voice," he says. "But when I'm speaking to American women, I broaden my accent right out, and they love it!" Although the actor complains that some people mistakenly identify his patois as British, not Australian, he still appreciates the attention--even after the mix-up has been corrected. "Because Australia is so far away, people love to ask what it's all about," Leyden explains. "They're infatuated with the idea of Australia and all the culture. And it's great to be able to answer questions about somewhere you love."

Regarding the stir his accent causes in the States, Leyden remarks, "I think Australians are still a bit of a novelty over here."