Actor Lincoln Lewis has a new love in his life and says he’s ready for parenthood – sooner rather than later!
"I can’t wait to be a dad," he told New Idea. "Family is everything so hopefully one day – soon – I’ll have a couple of kids of my own."
After splitting with his on-off model girlfriend Chloe Ciesla, Lincoln says he’s in a good place personally now.
"I’m very happy. I don’t want to divulge too much but I’ve been seeing someone – she’s not in the industry – for a few months now.
"It’s really cool but we’re keeping it on the down-low."
Lincoln prefers not to name his new love but says he was instantly smitten.
"I saw her and was like, 'I need to know her name', so I got a friend to introduce us," he said.
"I couldn’t get a sentence out. Things have improved since then!" he adds.
Before becoming a dad himself, Lincoln says he’s having fun practising his parenting skills on three young nephews.
"I get them all riled up," he laughs. "I actually bought myself a T-shirt that says 'Funcle – like a dad only cooler.' I love hanging out with them."
But Queenslander Lincoln, who played Geoff Marshall in Home And Away from 2007 to 2010, doesn’t have much time for rough-and-tumble with his nephews right now.
In addition to a new love, he’s busy filming Danger Close, with Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh and Luke Bracey.
Lincoln plays a young Aussie digger who fights in the Battle of Long Tan.
"It’s been really emotional," Lincoln says. "I’ve been speaking to some Vietnam vets and they were virtually spat on when they came home. They were just young blokes like me so it’s been tough to hear about."
Lincoln is also an ambassador for Tourism Australia and Mazda – and meal-based brand Naked Kitchen.
He became a foodie after placing fourth on Hell’s Kitchen last year.
"Marco Pierre White taught me – or shouted at me – that the best food is fresh, natural food so that’s how I try to cook for myself. When I was asked to jump on board with Naked Kitchen it was a good fit because it’s all natural and supports Aussie farmers, which clinched it for me."
Lincoln says he can throw together a mean Mexican dish – but his occasional vices include Twisties and Nutella.