Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by MEG MA­SON

Rob Collins on play­ing the bad boy and be­ing la­belled a new­comer at age 37.

Af­ter tak­ing home this year’s Lo­gie for Best New Tal­ent, you de­scribed your­self as “slightly re­lieved”. Why was that? I was just re­lieved the whole af­fair was over – Lo­gie or not! The evening was re­ally nerve-rack­ing, for no other rea­son than stock stan­dard per­for­mance anx­i­ety. Such pub­lic events have never sat well with me, which I prob­a­bly should have thought about be­fore get­ting into act­ing. Be­ing de­scribed as a “new tal­ent” at the age of 37 must feel strange. It’s nice to be called “new” any­thing these days. And I guess in screen years, I’m rel­a­tively new, but yeah… there’s been no ce­real com­mer­cial to date. There’s been a swag of stuff from am­a­teur Shake­speare to Cen­tre­link train­ing role plays – which I loved, by the way. I was par­tic­u­larly good at play­ing the irate cus­tomer, which in hind­sight was prob­a­bly the start of what be­came Waruu in Clev­er­man. Tell us about Emoshon, the boy band you per­formed with in Dar­win. Now you’re fa­mous, are you too im­por­tant for a re­union tour? I wouldn’t rule out a come­back, but with the ex­cep­tion of my­self, the rest of the band grew up and got real jobs. Be­sides, the prospect of a group of 40-plus-year-olds singing and danc­ing re­ally only works for The Wig­gles. You move be­tween ro­man­tic com­edy in The Wrong Girl and se­ri­ous sci-fi with Clev­er­man. Which comes more nat­u­rally to you and why? There are parts of both roles I’m drawn to. I’m gen­er­ally a friendly, even-tem­pered guy, kind of like Jack on The Wrong Girl. And Clev­er­man deals with sub­jects close to my heart, so it’s easy to go to darker places. It’s a lot of fun to play the bad guy. You starred on­stage in The Lion King for years. Which of the show’s songs is stuck in your head on a loop? It has to be “Cir­cle Of Life”. Buyi Zama [who played Rafiki] has to be the best Rafiki in the world. She’s such a pow­er­ful per­former. To watch her from the wings sing that open­ing num­ber each night was a priv­i­lege, and has been one of the high­lights of my ca­reer thus far. You and your wife Laeti­tia have been la­belled one of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s power cou­ples. How does one achieve such an hon­our? We’ve of­ten won­dered about that our­selves. We have no power. Not even over our own chil­dren. Yeah, you have three chil­dren – and big ca­reers in me­dia. That must de­mand mil­i­tary-grade sched­ul­ing. Do you keep a spread­sheet? I’m the ab­sent fa­ther – so I sched­ule noth­ing! Laeti­tia works in­cred­i­bly hard, along with our won­der­ful fam­ily, to make sure ev­ery­one is fed and wa­tered. As far as spread­sheets, we hate them. If it’s im­por­tant, the kids will re­mind us. When you’re not work­ing, where can we ex­pect to find you? Ei­ther at Bun­nings buy­ing stuff I don’t need to build things no one wants, or at the dump shop, hoard­ing things that other peo­ple have had the good sense to throw away. Although you never know, I’m al­ways on the look­out for a bargain on joust­ing sticks. Clev­er­man sea­son two pre­mieres 9.30pm, June 29, on ABC TV.

``It´s nice to be called `new´ any­thing these days´´

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