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About Grade 9 and Grade 10, I had a fantastic drama teacher, and it was one of the first subjects I actually felt that I was good at. I wasn’t a mathematician. Didn’t like science, any of those subjects. English and Drama were the two subjects that I loved and felt that I was good at.
If I look at the one thorn that is in my side, of all my life, it is my weight. I fret about it, I’m anxious about it, being an actor on television – it drives me insane. It just seems to be something that plays a central part in waking up in the morning and thinking, ‘How am I with myself today?’
Behind my door at home, that’s when I’m relaxed, and that’s when I can allow the emotions or whatever – to feel just what I want to feel – so a lot of people don’t know me in that respect. I need a bit of space, a bit of a place to come home to and not have to pretend or perform anymore, where I’m just myself.
Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.
I grew up with horses and cattle, running around on dirt hills with this real sense of space. We didn’t have neighbours – well, the nearest ones were kilometres away.
My school friends thought I was outgoing and bubbly, but that masked a lot of insecurities, and maybe that’s the reason I chose drama – to build a bit of self-confidence. I had a great teacher, and I won a few speech and drama competitions and just fell in love with it.
When I see a role I want, I fight for it.
I’m not a girly girl, never have been. I really admire those who love to frock up.
I have worked with a lot of really great women directors: Ana Kokkinos; Cate Shortland, who just recently directed a film called ‘Lore;’ another director, Rachel Perkins – she’s an Aboriginal director, and I’ve worked with her three times now, and she gave me my first film role, actually, back in 1997.
People understand about family; people understand about being in situations where you have to be brave. People get falling in love.