(From Woman’s Day (Australia) 07.18.2016)
Matt Nable is, fittingly, in the gym when he answers the phone to talk about his new role playing Hungarian-born swim coach Frank Torma in ABC’S new sporting mini-series Barracuda.
“I try to exercise four or five times a week,” he says, revealing it’s crucial to helping him keep on top of his bipolar disorder.
“Exercise is definitely part of my medicine and a requirement to keep certain chemicals in balance. It makes things easier to deal with.”
Matt says starring in the four-part series – based on Christos Tsiolkas’ 2013 novel about Olympic hopeful Danny – was a chance for a challenge, as he’d never played a coach before.
“But I knew I’d get a lot of leeway with [director] Rob Connolly. I knew he was really open to the way I would interpret it,” says Matt, adding that his time as a pro boxer in his earlier years helped him to tackle the role. “I knew how a coach would respond to younger people and the vernacular they’d use and when to push hard and when to ease off.”
The busy actor is also lending his chops to Nine’s upcoming drama Hyde and Seek and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge.