ROB Collins only burst onto the small screen this year but he's already starred in two hit shows.
The Darwin-born actor plays chef and all-round heartthrob Jack in Ten's romantic comedy The Wrong Girl and earlier this year he made his debut in the ABC's ground-breaking sci-fi drama Cleverman, which has been renewed for a second season.
Collins was working in marketing and copyright management for APRA before he was bitten by the acting bug during a community workshop. After landing a role in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream he decided to audition for NIDA.
"At the audition I went to, the other applicants were all 15, 16, 17 and I was so intimidated because I was 30 at that stage," he tells APN's The Guide.
"But they were happy to have me on board."
The father-of-three moved to Sydney with his family and after graduating from the three-year program he landed a starring role in the stage musical The Lion King.
"I feel like I've been shot out of a cannon a bit," he laughs.
"I was lucky to get a release (from The Lion King's national tour) for three months last year to do Cleverman. Then after The Lion King tour ended I got my role on The Wrong Girl. I've been lucky enough to get roles that showcase different things."
His Wrong Girl character Jack has found himself caught in the middle of his co-worker Lily (Jessica Marais) and her best friend Simone (Hayley Magnus).
"The feelings for Lily come out of a place that he didn't expect," he says.
"Jack is a person of integrity before he's anything else and to tread this love minefield in a way that maintains his integrity is a good challenge to have. It's tricky because he cares about Simone and he has these feelings he can't control for Lily as well.
"It's so messy, which is wonderful."
The Wrong Girl airs Wednesdays at 8.30pm on Channel 10.