My favourite things
This is from a holiday we took to Australia Zoo, on the Sunshine Coast. We drove up there and it was a huge success: we only had one incident of car sickness. In this photo, we are next to a rhinoceros. They are such powerful animals, and knowing the rhino could kill us, but was just standing there letting us pat it, was pretty special.
The gym I go to has terrible music — it actually has the opposite effect of motivating you — so I either need silence when I am working out or I need my music. My kit basically involves music that I need to work out to, a drink bottle and earphones. The music I listen to varies, but it’s never too over the top. I have started with a personal trainer in a bid to keep the weight off and keep up with the kids; it gets so much harder as you get older.
It was such a baptism of fire being on the set of The Pacific and I learned so much from the experience. This is a picture of the core cast and extras from the miniseries. I started off being a core extra and then they gave me a few speaking lines. I was also brought in to help with military advice, from my army background. I learned how different actors process things differently. Some actors before a scene will need five minutes of silence, while others will just repeat their lines over and over and come out guns blazing.
These are from the years I spent in the army, which I joined after I left school. I served as a missile operator. One of the medals is for serving in the defence force, while the second is an operational service medal that I got for active service doing border patrols at the tip of Australia and the west coast. The badge is an operational service badge I received for overseas service. The time I spent working on border patrols was pretty full-on and I had to learn military police tactics, how to use capsicum spray and how to board a vessel. Some of my time in the army was awesome, some was less so, but you have to remember your past as it shapes who you are.
I use these to inspire me as an actor. Hamlet is the greatest Shakespeare play, in my opinion. When I was at school everyone loved Romeo and Juliet, but I was always for Hamlet. The Picture of Dorian Gray I love because I think it is still relevant today, if not more so. You can read a lot from it about our obsession with youth and how that plays out on social media. I turn to A Challenge for the Actor if I need some focus.