After more than two decades on television, Ada Nicodemou isn't entirely sure she wants to be an actor.
While many in the profession speak of it as a vocation, a craft they feel called to, the Home and Away star describes her career in practical terms. It's a job; an enjoyable and thankfully stable one given the volatile nature of the industry. But that's all.
"I still don't know whether I want to act. I always go, 'I'm acting at the moment,'" she told Mamamia's No Filter podcast. "I don't know whether it's something I'll continue to do.
"Maybe that's because I like something stable. Or [because] I never feel like I'm that good at it. I just feel like it's something that I've done naturally, but I haven't trained for it, and someone's going to realise that I'm not that great.
"I only just got renewed [for Home and Away] last year. And I was like, 'Oh, okay, they still want me.'"
This, from a woman with six Logie nominations three of which were for the Gold, and a woman whose career has barely paused since it began on Heartbreak High back in 1994.
Nicodemou did take a brief interlude in her early 20s in which she studied event planning and tried a desk job. But bored by the 9-to-5 routine of it all, she returned to acting, taking a role on Breakers and then as the beloved Leah Patterson on Home and Away.