For all the ways his life has changed in the last 12 to 18 months – finding love, fame and a new, automatic family – you get the sense that when it comes to big changes, Sam Wood’s last week trumps them all.
Willow Wendy Wood – the 36-year-old’s first child with fiancee Snezana Markoski – came into the world on Sunday, sliding straight into a family who loved her before she even came in.
“She was born on Sunday night, so we had some really close family time. I disappeared off the radar a bit, so it’s been a bit of a weird week,” he tells Mamamia.
“I’m a bit tired, but it’s been the best week of my life.”
Keeping the news to themselves for four days was a conscious decision, he says, in a realm where privacy is rarely afforded to those who live their lives and their work in the eye of the public.
“For me, keeping it to ourselves was all for Snez. This morning we had paparazzi out the front of our house, which we knew would inevitably happen. That was the last thing we wanted in the first few days after she has given birth and done this amazing, wonderful thing.