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'H&A' Laga'aia 'surprised at return'

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Jay Laga'aia has revealed that he didn't think he was due back to Home and Away for another week until he received a panicked phone call.

The actor's character Rev Elijah Johnson had left Summer Bay to work as a missionary in Africa and had been filming another TV show in the meantime.

Laga'aia told Inside Soap: "I'd just finished filming another big TV show called Bed Of Roses and thought I didn't start back on Home and Away until the following week.

"Then I got a panicked phone call from the set asking, 'Where are you?' They were actually expecting me back that day."

Laga'aia explained that he was surprised to find out that his character returns with an African wife, Grace, and a teenage stepson, Thabo.

He added: "I hadn't read any of the scripts. And then suddenly I'm back in Summer Bay and married to an African girl. I just had to try and get my head around everything and then run with it!" Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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