Actor Matt Nable might be a familiar face on TV, having appeared in big hits including Underbelly and American sci-fi show Arrow, but he’s looking a bit different these days.
Not only does he have a goatee beard, he has bulked up.
But he is keen to point out it’s for a role in a new film, One Percent — about bikies.
“For the bikie role I’ve got to put on a fair bit of size,” he said. “Two years ago I was 75kg, now I’m about 90kg.
“It’s not a choice. I’m trying to soften it with the specs,” he said, with a laugh.
But before that project, which he wrote, the 44-year-old is shooting a paranormal flick in Louisiana. He is also about to hit TV screens again in a major new drama on Channel 9.
In Hyde And Seek, Nable he plays detective Gary Hyde, who is determined to bring the person who killed his work partner to justice.
The father of three Nable said that, for a change, he was playing a family man.
“I’ve played some really dodgy people. One of the real appeals was to do something that had a family element about it,” he said.
He appears alongside Deborra-lee Furness who plays an intelligence chief — her first TV role for years.
Noble said Furness, who is married to Aussie icon Hugh Jackman, shared her worries about going back in front of the camera with him.
“She told me she was nervous. She certainly didn’t seem it,” he said. “She’s a powerhouse.
“Hugh was doing a job overseas somewhere. I saw him on Facetime a couple of times. I said hello. I don’t know Hugh but he seems an incredibly decent guy.”
They didn’t chat about the Jackmans’ favourite team, the Sea Eagles, who Nable played for in his former career, which also took him to England.
“I’ve sort of lost a bit of interest,” was all he said about the team, which did not have a good season.
And while Nable was a hit in the US in Arrow and spin-off Legends Of Tomorrow, unlike many actors he said he would never leave Australia, never mind the northern beaches.
“When I come back here it’s like falling into a big bed,” he said.
Hyde and Seek, Monday, 8.45pm, Nine.