HOL­LY­WOOD DREAMS

Rob Collins on the birth of his fourth child and his act­ing as­pi­ra­tions

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - JU­DITH AISTHORPE CHELSEA HEANEY

TER­RI­TORY ac­tor Rob Collins loves be­ing able to come home to Dar­win from a red car­pet event and step back into nor­mal life.

He says he’s rarely no­ticed in the streets and if he is, it’s not much more than a glance de­spite his ca­reer sky­rock­et­ing in re­cent years.

“That’s what I love about this place, even if peo­ple do recognise me it’s just like, ‘meh it’s just him,’ so it kind of af­fords me this level of anonymity,” he said.

“Back home it’s just busi­ness as usual, and I’m back home with my kids who don’t re­gard me in any spe­cial par­tic­u­lar way, it’s just like ‘ oh yeah you’re back.’ I re­ally love it, I’m re­ally spoiled.”

Collins’ ca­reer took a turn in the right di­rec­tion af­ter he was cast in the Wrong Girl, on Chan­nel 10 and in ABC’s Clev­er­man in 2016.

He said hav­ing them both air at the same time meant he was ex­posed to a wide au­di­ence group.

“I’m in this nice hon­ey­moon pe­riod where my ca­reer is just tak­ing off re­ally. There’s a good mo­men­tum with it at the mo­ment,” he said.

From there he’s nabbed roles in Se­cret City — which re­cently wrapped up film­ing for the sec­ond sea­son and a fea­ture film ti­tled An­gel of Mine which is a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller.

While his ca­reer is tak­ing off, back here in Dar­win, Collins is pre­par­ing to be a dad again. He and wife Laeti­tia Lemke are ex­pect­ing their fourth child at the end of May

“I can’t wait, I’m re­ally, re­ally ex­cited, we’ve been buzzing around the house get­ting it ready,” he said.

“The sib­lings are ex­cited and it’s just be­come more of a re­al­ity. I’d have a mil­lion kids if I could. I love be­ing a dad.”

His only hope for his grow­ing fam­ily is that they are Rob Collins’ first ama­teur gig, happy. “I re­mem­ber when I was grow­ing up there was a real pres­sure and ex­pec­ta­tion, not nec­es­sar­ily from my par­ents but from peo­ple around me to do a cer­tain thing — to go to univer­sity, study this, get a de­gree and get a pro­fes­sional job,” he said. was held at the Town Hall ru­ins in Dar­win's city cen­tre

“I want them to be free to make their own choices. Whatever they do I hope they en­joy it and have a pas­sion for it.”

Collins de­cided to se­ri­ously pur­sue a ca­reer in act­ing in his late 20s af­ter per­form­ing as Th­e­seus and Oberon in a lo­cal pro­duc­tion of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream. Then at 30 he was ac­cepted in to the National In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Arts.

He said be­ing older than his 23-year-old class­mates helped him dur­ing his three-year de­gree.

“No one else was mar­ried with kids. I think there is some- thing about the life ex­pe­ri­ence that helps not only with the act­ing side of it but in a place like NIDA, if you’re younger it can seem like life or death,” he said. Now he’s work­ing to­wards get­ting roles in fea­ture films with the dream to get to Hol­ly­wood. TELECOM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS in the bush will get a $28 mil­lion fund­ing boost over four years through the new Re­mote Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Co-In­vest­ment Pro­gram, which will see Tel­stra match the NT Gov­ern­ment’s $14 mil­lion spend over four years.

Tel­stra will meet the gov­ern­ment’s spend­ing dol­lar for dol­lar, which will in­clude $2 mil­lion in 2018-19 and $4 mil­lion per an­num from 2019-20 to 2021-22.

Trea­surer Ni­cole Mani­son said that the an­nounce­ment was a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the Ter­ri­tory’s re­mote lo­ca­tions.

“Ev­ery Ter­ri­to­rian, no mat­ter where they live, de­serves to have ac­cess to high qual­ity phone and in­ter­net ser­vices,” she said.

“This in­vest­ment will en­able more re­mote res­i­dents to con­nect to the world, re­mote busi­nesses to grow and tourists to share their unique Ter­ri­tory ex­pe­ri­ences with friends and fam­ily.”

Un­der pre­vi­ous part­ner­ships with Tel­stra, stretch­ing back to 2009, 37 re­mote Ter­ri­tory com­mu­ni­ties have re­ceived mobile phone and broad­band ser­vices. Eight more com­mu­ni­ties will be con­nected by 2019 un­der the ex­ist­ing pro­gram

Ms Mani­son thanked Tel­stra for its on­go­ing com­mit­ment.

“Tel­stra has demon­strated its gen­uine com­mit­ment to the Ter­ri­tory and this new co-in­vest­ment pro­gram shows a strong con­tin­u­a­tion of this com­mit­ment,” she said.

“Dig­i­tal skills are a core re­quire­ment for many jobs and are be­com­ing es­sen­tial in the mod­ern world, from in­ter­net bank­ing and shop­ping to ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial­is­ing busi­ness.

“To gain dig­i­tal skills peo­ple must first have dig­i­tal ac­cess. Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fras­truc­ture is the foun­da­tion.”

This next co-in­vest­ment pro­gram will tar­get com­mu­ni­ties, trans­port cor­ri­dors and tourist des­ti­na­tions.

Pic­ture: KERI MEGELUS

Ac­tor Rob Collins at the Dar­win Town Hall ru­ins which was where he first per­formed

Pic­ture: KERI MEGELUS

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