SAS Australia: Dan Ewing discusses fatherhood and the challenges of interstate life for his son

Dan Ewing of SAS Australia reveals the challenges of fatherhood and living in a different state than his young son


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Dan Ewing is not unscathed by the effects of the lockdown’s border closures.

The actor, who is currently a recruit with SAS Australia, told: The Daily Telegraph that he hasn’t seen his seven-year-old son Archie, who he shares with ex-partner Marni Little, in months due to travel restrictions.

‘My son lives in Queensland and I live in NSW, so like many Aussie families, that aspect was the biggest challenge,’ said the 36-year-old.

Long Distance: Dan Ewing of SAS Australia (pictured) discussed fatherhood and the challenges of interstate life from his Archie

Long Distance: Dan Ewing of SAS Australia (pictured) discussed fatherhood and the challenges of interstate life from his Archie

Instead, he has arranged for him and his son to write a gratitude journal together every morning — something he said he is grateful to them for doing.

Like many people across Australia, the border closures have been a major hurdle, but the former Home and Away star has channeled that discomfort into positive thinking.

Remembering that he missed his son’s seventh birthday, he chose to be thankful that he was a father and that his son could celebrate his day with his mother and friends.

“Looking at it through a different lens really gave me so much joy. Change the way you look at things, change the things you look at,” the actor said.

Tough: 'My little boy lives in Queensland and I live in NSW, so like many Aussie families, that aspect was the biggest challenge,' said the 36-year-old.  He shares seven-year-old Archie with his former partner Marni Little

Tough: 'My little boy lives in Queensland and I live in NSW, so like many Aussie families, that aspect was the biggest challenge,' said the 36-year-old.  He shares seven-year-old Archie with his former partner Marni Little

Tough: ‘My little boy lives in Queensland and I live in NSW, so like many Aussie families, that aspect was the biggest challenge,’ said the 36-year-old. He shares seven-year-old Archie with his former partner Marni Little

Dan, like many people itching to travel, said as soon as he got to the border he would book a trip to Queensland to see his son.

“Straight to the Gold Coast to see my son and find a home there, especially so that our fishing trips are not interrupted by border closures, should it happen again,” he said.

This comes after Dan recently revealed what it was like to film the brutal helicopter ladder challenge at SAS Australia on the Imperfectly Perfect Podcast this week.

Changing perspective: Remembering that he missed his son’s seventh birthday, he chose to be thankful that he was a father and that his son could celebrate his day with his mother and friends. “Looking at it through a different lens really gave me so much joy,” the actor said

He talked about how grueling the show was, saying that what you see on camera is “100 percent real” and that he was “in a constant state of stress.”

‘It’s a big task, 18 people have to climb the ladder, it’s a helicopter reset. You don’t have to be a genius to find out it’s a movie set, it’s a helicopter reset… We were there all day.’

“The tasks, and the discomfort, and being called every name under the sun, and the sleep deprivation — that’s 110 percent real,” he said.

'110 percent real': This comes after Dan recently revealed what it was like filming the brutal helicopter ladder challenge at SAS Australia

'110 percent real': This comes after Dan recently revealed what it was like filming the brutal helicopter ladder challenge at SAS Australia

‘110 percent real’: This comes after Dan recently revealed what it was like filming the brutal helicopter ladder challenge at SAS Australia

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