Fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries have waited a long time to see if sleuth Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson will finally get together. As season three draws to a close, Nathan Page, a former champion cyclist, reflects on his breakout role.
Does Jack have the worst romantic timing ever? Possibly. Or maybe it’s not him. It seems circumstances, or usually relatives, are involved in sabotaging him. Family. It may be true to life.
Jack is so reserved and quiet. Do you think Aussie blokes relate? I hadn’t considered him to be a stereotypical male. I think it’s nice to have him played on the back foot with a lot of restraint. You don’t often get those opportunities in Australian TV. So many characters show their hand straight away. I’ve never been particularly interested in doing that style.
Do you consider this to be your breakout role? Definitely. Previously I just had bit parts, and I didn’t know how to do television. It’s another world to theatre. The wonderful thing about a role like this, as a series regular and one of the leads, is that you get to practise your craft constantly. And you get to experience some of the most incredible actors doing guest roles; Billy Brown, Miriam Margolyes. If you can’t relax, that’s a good thing. In that regard it’s been a huge step for me.
What sort of fan feedback do you get about Jack? It’s fantastic. There’s a Facebook page that a fan has made called The DI Jack Appreciation Society. ety. I just love that someone’s gone, ‘well, it’s not there, so I’m going to create it’. Not only are they having discussions about the character, they y bring in other elements, ments, like I played anotherh character recently in Hiding, this brutal and conflicted character. On this Facebook page, they were up in arms, going, ‘How could he?’
And audiences are lapping it up overseas ... Yeah, it’s huge. You’ve got people in the US tearing their hair out to see season three.
Being an elite athlete (Page was a champion cyclist for Australia as a teenager) requires a huge drive. Is this something that’s helped you in acting? It’s such a seemingly random thing with work. Some of the self tapes I’ve put down and sent away to the US, I’ve thought, ‘this is amazing, how could you not go for me?’ and then you hear nothing. So more than anything, rather than being competitive, it’s the ability to cop it, take it and get back up each time.
Can we look forward to seeing more of Phryne and Jack? I hope so. I’m not a painter, I don’t draw, so I start driving people nuts because I have to get back and work.
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES, ABC, FRIDAY, 8.30PM