A recipe that he particularly likes is the one passed down in his family.
“My mom for my birthday a few years ago made me some handwritten recipes and one of my favorites is mom’s banana cake,” the star says.
Outside of food, Rob and his mum have bonded over music since he was a little boy, with the singer telling new idea that she used to take him to karaoke.
“It was kind of his outlet to get up and play,” the actor mused. “She would have been in her 40s or 50s then, and she still goes there today. I love going to see her shine. This is his way of performing even today in his sixties. It’s fun to watch. I love any chance to see my mom stand up and sing.
Clearly, the performance gene didn’t fall too far from the tree, with the singer appearing on australian idol, Bad, DWTSand, of course, dedicated Neighbors fans will remember Rob’s stint on the soap in 2017 as Professor Finn Kelly, as well as his reprisal in 2018.
Upon hearing the news that the show was going to be scrapped, the entertainer took to Instagram to demand more money from the Australian government for the Arts.
Speaking about the end of the soap opera, Rob insists that the lack of government support for the arts is a “hard pill to swallow”.
“Considering that everyone looked to the arts for support during (the pandemic). And when there are hard times, whether it’s floods or fires, it’s the artists who raise their hands and organize free concerts and donate their time to help raise funds for people in need.
“But there is an election coming up and I hope people will vote with their conscience and know that it was the arts that got them through the pandemic.”
After catching up with his old Neighbors co-stars Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl) and Jackie Woodburne (Susan) on a recent flood telethon, Rob reveals the cast are “pretty sad” about the decision, while at the same time excited about it who awaits us.
“Al is keen to continue his musical career. He’s always had little side projects with all of his music and they’re just so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity they’ve had for so many years.
The soap opera has certainly left its legacy in the Australian television landscape. As Rob points out, Neighbors aired “the first gay marriage on TV” and “the first trans person on TV”.
“They definitely tackled some really big issues and normalized a lot of big issues,” he adds.
“Big shout out to all the writers and producers. I’m a bit saddened to see what’s going on because this has been such a great school for young directors, writers, editors and actors, even costumers, hairstylists, makeup artists – the number of people who have been employed over the past years to create bigger and better things Where are they learning from now How are they learning?
” But all good things must end. It would have been nice if it continued, but I think Channel Five wanted to focus on more local content, which is great for them. And hopefully that means maybe our Australian government will also try to create more local content.
It was with a similar patriotic passion that Rob jumped at the chance to work with Australian Bananas. In honor of National Banana Day, they’ve released a Spotify playlist, curated by local producers, called Karaoke Banana – with tracks ranging from Hollaback Girl from Gwen Stefani to Harry Belafonte’s iconic Banana Boat Song.
“When I was asked if I wanted to get involved in National Banana Day, I thought, ‘That’s the role I’m dying to play,’ Rob says. “I love bananas. bananas, I’ve loved them since I was a little kid. These are the go-to snacks.”
“(National Banana Day) also recognizes how difficult the pandemic has been for farmers in recent years. The weather has been horrible and this is a good opportunity to give back to the farmers.