Aussie ‘Glades’ actor finds welcome in Florida

Thesp to start in A&E crime procedural

Aussie thesp Matt Passmore got his big break in Hollywood this year — Hollywood, Fla., that is.

Passmore relocated from Queensland to south Florida to star in A&E Network’s crime procedural “The Glades.” It’s been an adjustment for the actor, who has been a staple on Oz TV for the past decade, but he’s found many similarities between Florida beach culture and what he left at home.

Passmore has been impressed by the array of seafood found in Florida eateries and the strong flavors of Cuban coffee.

On weekends he’s been out a few times to sports bars for the Alaskan king crab, to sushi places and for dancing with other “Glades” cast members, including Carlos Gomez.

“Carlos is trying to teach me Spanish and to salsa dance and failing at both,” Passmore says. “He’s a good salsa dancer, and I’m not.”

What also stands out in his mind is the strange behavior of the mercury in the Sunshine State.

“It’s kind of weird — Florida is the only place where the temperature goes up when the sun goes down,” Passmore quips. He also loves the scenery in an environment where “one minute a beautiful girl goes by, and the next minute, an 80-year-old woman with a Chanel (handbag) on her arm is trying to pick me up.”

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