While some actors turn to waiting tables between jobs, not so WA-born Renee Lim. Lim returns to her original profession to fill the time, working shifts as a doctor in Sydney hospitals.
"I try to balance the two out as best I can, I work as a locum contract doctor, I do mostly emergency and geriatric work," she said by phone recently.
Lim, 32, left WA when she was 17 to study medicine at the University of NSW and said she fell into acting by accident, even though she had been performing since she was five.
The former Hampton Senior High School student has appeared in TV dramas such as All Saints and East West 101 and was a presenter on the SBS series Food Investigators. "I left medicine then realised I missed it and came back, now I forge ahead with both careers as best I can," she said.
Lim returns to TV tonight alongside MasterChef 2010 winner Adam Liaw and former Letters and Numbers presenter Lily Serna in Destination Flavour, a 10-part road trip around Australia to learn the stories behind some of Australia's best food producers and chefs. Liaw learns about food-smoking techniques used at Melbourne restaurants such as Movida and Serna feasts with providore Simon Johnson on the Hawkesbury River.
Lim spent nine days filming stories in the South West of WA and tonight meets legendary Margaret River winemaker turned beef, sheep and pork farmer David Hohnen, Silas Masih of Pepper and Salt restaurant in Denmark and French chef Xavier Poupel for treats from his wood-fired oven at the Albany Farmers' Market.
"For me comfort food is my thing in whatever form, from a fish-and-chips meal to a great home-made pie, or for me Malaysian and Chinese food."
Lim will next be seen in Josh Thomas' ABC TV comedy Please Like Me playing his father's girlfriend.