Offspring's dreamy Don Hany

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He is the apple of Nina Proudman's eye in Offspring, but Don Hany says it's the character, not him who is sexy.

When Channel TEN's new drama Offspring premieres this weekend, actor Don Hany may suddenly find himself as Australia's newest sex symbol.

Playing paediatrician Chris Havel, he becomes a workplace fantasy for the lead character, obstetrician Nina Proudman, played by Asher Keddie. But Hany, best known for SBS drama East West 101, laughs off any suggestion.

"I don't know that anyone's in a position to give themselves that title," he said. "I'm not the guy to ask about whether I'm a sex symbol. It's certainly flattering. Chris becomes an object of desire for Nina and that's where the interesting thing is in the show.

"Ultimately, characters are only what other people endow them with. Because I've got this intelligent and beautiful woman desiring me, suddenly I look alright, because we love her. So it's what she endows him with.

"But take her out of the equation and you've got a pretty average single dad, paediatrician who's a little bit boring and a little bit too nice at times."

Set in Melbourne, Offspring touches upon family, work and city life, with the themes of love, sex, babies, food and music. Kicking off with a telemovie, the relationship drama offers a change of pace from the dominant crime dramas on our screen, and is led by a formidable cast.

"Deborah Mailman is extraordinary, Kat Stewart is always amazing, John Waters is fantastic," says Hany.

Most of Hany's scenes are alongside Keddie, plus Marta Kaczmarek as mother-in-law Sonja.

"And I have a beautiful two-year-old daughter, who I get to do stuff with occasionally, and the hospital staff such as Jane Harber who plays Zara and Alicia Gardiner who plays Kim."

He also says viewers should look out for some of the guest roles, including a later appearance by Ian "Dicko" Dickson.

"Dicko is a heartthrob! He's a wonderful man and he did a great job. He was so much fun to have around.

"Sacha Horler plays Billie's friend later on, so she does some great stuff with Kat.

"And Scott Johnson from Jersey Boys comes and plays a nudist."

Offspring airs 8:30pm Sundays on TEN.

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