He can sing, he can dance, he can act and he loves an Instagram story. Rob “Millsy” Mills is a team favourite in the PJSE office, and with his relaxed nature and handsome looks – it’s not hard to see why. Peter caught up with Rob to talk Idol, musicals, footy and all things events in Melbourne for this edition of “White with one”.
Peter: How do you take your coffee?
Almond latte – no sugar. I would have a maximum of 2 a day. The first one is at 7.30am when I arrive at the studio. I once made the big mistake of having one at 8pm and I couldn’t get to sleep!
Peter: You got your big break on Australian Idol – how did it all start and what are you doing now?
I owe a lot to Idol but it all started back when Mum took me to karaoke when I was about 8. I thought I could sing but got a D+ at school, and even dropped out of drama class in Year 11. In between all my music and theatre activities, I was working in factories to earn some money. I’ve been working since I was 12, with my first job being a paper round. Currently, I’m staring in Neighbours and later this year I’ll be playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Peter: What are some of your proudest moments/highlights of your career?
Definitely singing at the Opera House at the Idol finale in front of a national television audience. Also, driving around in a car with the legendary John Farnham during the production of Grease is up there. He was an idol of mine (bad pun) when I was growing up. But the biggest one was being cast in Wicked. I don’t think I’ve wanted anything more in my life and I had the greatest time doing it.
Peter: What is your favourite event to attend in Melbourne?
As a Hawks fan, it’s definitely the Grand Final and we’ve been very spoilt over the last few years. I also love going to the Melbourne Cup Carnival – I love wearing a suit, and the races is the perfect excuse. And I never miss a musical – even when I’m not in it performing.
Peter: Why do you think Melbourne is such a great city to host major events?
We just love everything we do and the city is so accessible for everyone – no matter where you live. Where else can you go to a famous exhibition at an art gallery in the morning, the football in the afternoon and a food and wine festival at night? Events seem to be part of our Melbourne lifestyle.
Peter: Where is your favourite place to go for coffee?
Definitely at the studios where we film Neighbours. Marie knows exactly how I like it and it’s there ready for me when I step on the set each day.
Peter: If you could be another Melburnian for a day, who would it be and why?
I’d spilt the day. In the morning, I’d want to be Daniel Andrews so I could change the decision to throw away $1 billion on the East West Link. It’s a shame that whole issue became so political. Although, I need to be liked so not sure I would cut it as a politician. In the afternoon, I’d want to be Alastair Clarkson. Then I could say “Let’s give Rob Mills a go as he’s got a lot of potential and could even be as good as Buddy”. I’ve always dreamed of kicking the winning goal on Grand Final Day.
Peter: Haven’t we all. If you could host any event – what would it be?
Definitely The Helpmann Awards, which is our version of the Tony’s. I think I could do a big song and dance opener and make sure I read out the right envelope………
Peter: Ouch! And finally, how will the Hawks go this year?
They will win the premiership – from 6th place.
Peter: Rob, thank you for your time today. Much appreciated. Go Dees!