Soulful, gentle, respected churchman and elder of his community, Siaosi is all at sea when it comes to his son. He expected his son would change in the Army, in some ways he even welcomed the discipline it would instil in him, but he can barely recognize the man who came home from the one he raised. This Izzy is sullen, disrespectful and deeply haunted.
Previously Siaosi would’ve lectured his son on his behaviour, and brought him into line, but this doesn’t work. Siaosi finds he can only offer love and patiently wait for a change in Izzy.
Played by Jay Laga’aia
Jay Laga’aia is a much-loved actor and children’s entertainer. His film credits include Nim’s Island and Star Wars, and television credits on Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Legend of the Seeker, Xena Warrior Princess and is well known for being on Play School! On stage he has played Mufasa in The Lion King, The Wizard in Wicked The Musical, and most recently performed in Children of the Sun with Sydney Theatre Company.
In 2017 Jay appeared in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here on Network Ten, and is currently filming the fourth series of his children’s television show, Jay’s Jungle for 7TWO. A gifted musician Jay has written and recorded four children’s albums with ABC for Kids and toured his live show throughout Australia. Jay is the Queensland Government’s “The Early Years Count” ambassador and is a passionate advocate for early childhood education and early literacy. He is a proud father of eight.