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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.

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