Peter then changes his mind and decides to plead not guilty. How does Rob react?
It’s the worst thing he could possibly hear. He thought everything was going to plan but suddenly that turns full circle and all of the work he’s done to get Peter sent down has been undone by Ken. Rob’s going to have to start from scratch.
Do you think Rob's confident that Peter will be found guilty, though?
He’s constantly changing his mind about that, which is another reason why Rob’s so mentally unstable at this point. Everything keeps changing and Rob’s all over the place. He doesn’t know where he stands or how to react. He’s going round in a circle of mental hell.
Would he consider confiding in Tracy or Carla?
I don’t think Rob wants to put that burden on them. He loves them both far too much to let them in on his secret. He’s so fearful of losing everything and going back to prison that he can’t put his life in someone else’s hands in that way.
Rob's trying to protect Carla as much as him - is that adding to his pressure?
Peter’s been charged so he’s not too concerned about Carla now. He’s trying to encourage Carla to get on with her life and move on, and he’s really trying to put a real distance between her and Peter. Every time he thinks he’s resolved something it turns on him again, so while he’s coping at the minute, it might not last.
Is there a rift occurring between Rob and Tracy, what with her being 'Team Peter'?
I don’t think it’s necessarily creating problems for them but that’s because Rob’s having to pretend that he wants Peter to be found not guilty as well, but then at the same time he wants him to be convicted! It’s a huge dichotomy.
What about SImon - does Rob feel any guilt towards him?
He feels guilt, yes, absolutely, but then he also uses Simon as a bit of a pawn in the game by coaxing him away to the zoo when he’s meant to be visiting his dad. Simon’s visit would have helped Peter stay strong and helped him to see he had something to fight for, but Rob was determined to take that away from him. He does obviously feel guilty and knows that the ramifications for Simon would be devastating, but then Rob also knows he can use Simon to his advantage at this moment in time. It’s about Rob needing to stay a free man.
Do you think Rob would go so far as to kill again if he needed to?
I don’t know. I'd like to think that it was a one-off through desperate measures, but once you’ve done something like that, who knows if that switch can flick again? I don’t actually think he was mentally aware of what was going on when he killed Tina and it all happened so quickly. He certainly doesn’t want to be in that dark place again, but if that dark place came to him, who knows what could happen?
Can you foresee any scenario in which Rob would turn himself in?
The only way Rob would hand himself in is if Carla was about to be convicted for the murder. At the moment, that’s not looking likely, so under the current circumstances, I think the answer is no. That could all change though.
What reaction have you had from the public since you were revealed to be Tina’s killer?
Really positive, actually. Everybody has been very kind about the storyline and have said that they're enjoying watching it all unfold. There’s been a lot of pity for Rob, actually. What he did to Tina came out of the blue and I don’t think people thought Rob was a bad guy before then. It’s been a shock for people as they’d started to warm to Rob before it happened.