Nathan Page has lapped up his breakout role as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson – and audiences can’t get enough of him either
Fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries have waited a long time to see if Phryne 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.
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 television. 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. 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 bring in other elements, like I played another character recently in Hiding, this brutal and conflicted character. On this Facebook page, they were up in arms, going, ‘How could he?’ and ‘He’s a good actor, but, you know ...’
And audiences are lapping it up overseas ...
Yeah, it’s huge. You’ve got people in the United States tearing their hair out to see season three.
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, tomorrow, 8.30pm
Will Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) finally get together?