Things might not be what they appear on Bravo's new series Imposters— just ask Rob Heaps' character Ezra Bloom. From the start, we learn that Ezra has been conned by his so-called wife, played by Inbar Lavi, which sets him off on a thrilling chase of cat and mouse. But is Rob hiding secrets of his own IRL? Get the inside scoop on the actor, below.
1. He's From Across the Pond
Rob Heaps is from the UK, and he flawlessly conceals his accent on the show, conning us all, like many Brits before him who have ditched their native sound. Rob lived in York for awhile and went to school there, as well.
2. His Background Is in Theater
Before launching onto the small screen, Rob was featured on the stage in London. His roots are in theater and he's been in productions of While The Sun Shines, King Lear, and Pride and Prejudice. The theater probably prepared Rob to act on his toes and have the versatility to transition smoothly in the always-surprising Imposters.
3. He Acts Like an Animal
His pup Portia might not know that he used to mimic pups — and vultures and panthers, too. In an interview with The Daily Dish, Rob said before acting on the stage, he attended Russian drama school in St. Petersburg where his instructor (known as "the master") would tell his students to go to the zoo, observe an animal of their choice, and come back to unleash their inner beast at the head of the class. "It was very physical, and now that’s the basis of all my acting," he said of the process.
4. He's Got a Big Heart
The star helped launch an event called The Gordy Races to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease, or MND, research. Inspired to help his friend, whom the event was named after, Rob biked for nine hours through what he described on his Facebook as "rain, pain and mild hysteria."
5. Rob Really Bonded with His Fellow Cast Mates
We learned through an exclusive interview with Marianne Rendón (who plays Jules on the show) that she, Rob, and Parker Young (who plays Richard) became "as thick as thieves" while on set. The trio became almost like the Three Musketeers and would make light of heavy scenes when the cameras weren't rolling.
6. He Experiments with Photography
Though fairly new to Instagram, Rob mostly showcases the shots he takes of his surrounding scenery. The shots include mostly his travels to NYC, LA, and his day trip to the desert. The shots are color rich and showcase deep, defined contrasts.
7. He Fights for His Craft
Though he was primarily featured in British television series before being cast in Imposters, Rob was sounding the drum to save the women-lead drama Home Fries, an ITV/Masterpiece Theatre period piece in which he played a WWII fighter pilot. The series had grown a strong fan base, but much to their dismay, the plug was pulled on a possible third season.
Don't forget to tune into Imposters Tuesdays at 10/9c.
-Reporting by Laura Rosenfeld
Find out more about how Rob and his Imposters castmates got their start in show biz, below.