Jess paints new portrait
Anh Do isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions as he paints his star subjects.
In a new season of his ABC series, Anh’s Brush With Fame, the comic and painter quizzed singer Jessica Mauboy about her aborted performance of the national anthem at the 2015 Melbourne Cup, when she pulled out of singing at the last minute.
Despite telling media at the time it was a panic attack, Mauboy now admits: “I just felt a really bad energy … it was the people I didn’t connect with. I wouldn’t say it was a panic attack. It was more … I definitely felt trapped.”
Mauboy called off her appearance as those around her reportedly bickered over shoes. She calls it “one of the most hectic experiences I’ve ever had. It’s hard to say no,” she tells Do. “When you just fall into the wrong hands and it’s not where you want to be, and so respectfully for myself I wanted to stay true to that and not be a part of it at all. For the first time, it was something that I could say no. And that was just coming from a place of being real, and being real to myself.”
Mauboy also shares stories of growing up in Darwin, and the sacrifice her parents made to help her get to the Australian Idol auditions in 2006, which is where her career began. In season two of the engaging show, where Anh paints and interviews interesting people, we’ll also see supermodel Megan Gale, swimming champ Ian Thorpe, veteran journo Ray Martin and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
WATCH ANH’S BRUSH WITH FAME, ABC, WEDNESDAY (FROM APRIL 12), 8PM