With his mom’s online search turning up a drama school in Sydney, Demos signed up immediately, regularly making the hour-and-a-half journey to the city to attend a beginners’ class. Soon he was impressing teachers enough to land a role in a play. There was just one problem. “I’d never actually seen a play before — that shows you how green I was,” Demos says with a laugh.
Fortunately, that inexperience didn’t shine through from the stage, and an agent in the audience took interest. Demos began landing small parts on Australian television, including every Aussie actor’s rite of passage: the iconic soap opera Home and Away. After putting together a reel, he found himself jetting out to L.A. and ultimately landing a role on the third season of UnREAL, Lifetime’s scripted series about the behind-the-scenes drama of a Bachelor-like dating show.
Relocating to rainy Vancouver, Canada (where UnREAL was filmed), from the perpetually sunny skies of eastern Australia could’ve been quite the adjustment, not to mention that Demos was walking onto the set of an already established show in an industry he was still relatively new to. Luckily, there were a few friendly faces to keep him right.
“It was intimidating working with the likes of Constance [Zimmer] and Shiri [Appleby] because they’re just so good, but they could not be lovelier,” Demos says. “Now Constance is one of my dearest friends, which is amazing; she’s like family. She could be the greatest human being on planet earth.” Zimmer even invited her former costar over to spend his birthday at her home, not wanting him to be “without family” on his big day. “If you walk away with friendships like that, it often surpasses the show itself,” Demos says.