At home with ac­tor and co­me­dian Ben Chisholm


THE ac­tor and co­me­dian, 33, lives in Gee­long with wife Ten­nell and their chil­dren Jayda, 6, and Bran­nan, 7. His act­ing break came when he scored a role in the Steven Spiel­berg and Tom Hanks minis­eries The Pa­cific, in which he used his army back­ground to of­fer ad­vice on mil­i­tary stag­ing. He was cast as Josh in Work­ing Dog Pro­duc­tions’ The Hol­low­men, which led to a string of other ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing Neigh­bours and Win­ners & Losers.

How­ever, Chisholm lists his lat­est role as BJ in Aussie sus­pense film Red Bil­l­abong as among his ca­reer high­lights so far.

Typ­i­cal Satur­day morn­ing

My son is an early riser and will be dressed and ready to go for the day at about 6.30am — and de­pend­ing on how busy my week has been, I will most likely hit the gym. Then it’s off to coach my son’s bas­ket­ball team.

Se­cret do­mes­tic skill

With­out a doubt, I am a re­ally great ironer and it is some­thing I have al­ways been par­tic­u­lar about. Even when my mum used to try and iron, I would push her aside and tell her that I would do it. It goes back to my time, I think, when I was in the army. Hav­ing said that, I am a slob when it comes to ac­tu­ally putting clothes away.

Sig­na­ture dish

Ital­ian is def­i­nitely my spe­cialty, as I have Ital­ian her­itage and grew up learn­ing how to cook from my mother and nonna. My best dish would be my lasagne, the sauce in par­tic­u­lar.

On my bed­side ta­ble

My lamp, my phone and a bot­tle of wa­ter. And maybe the TV re­mote. It is quite min­i­mal­ist as I am not one of those peo­ple who en­joys a clut­tered bed­side.

Chill-out mu­sic

Ei­ther Led Zep­pelin or Frank Si­na­tra. Frank is the bomb. What is not to love about Ol’ Blue Eyes? He could do ev­ery­thing: sing, move, act.

Hap­pi­ness at home

Food and fam­ily. I love sit­ting down at the end of the day and talk­ing to the fam­ily about their day, while we share food.

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