Places of the Heart

The ac­claimed ac­tor has three places he calls home – one from the past, one for the present and one that holds his fu­ture.

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Guy Pearce time trav­els from Vic­to­ria to Am­s­ter­dam

1971 | Aus­tralia COUN­TRY VIC­TO­RIA

My fam­ily moved to Aus­tralia from Eng­land in 1971. I grew up in Gee­long and spent a lot of time on Vic­to­ria’s south­ern coast be­tween Lorne, Point Lons­dale and Queen­scliff. I go there when I can; I feel free there. Beyond that coast, aside from Tas­ma­nia, there’s noth­ing. It’s like you’re on the edge of the earth.

I’ve since sold it but, in 1997, I bought a run-down lit­tle school­house in Kooroocheang, be­tween Dayles­ford and Bal­larat. I used to love go­ing up there with the dogs. It was a wooden shack sur­rounded by pad­docks that went for miles.

As much as I go to won­der­ful places for dif­fer­ent films, coun­try Vic­to­ria is where my heart is and that’s never go­ing to change. That com­bi­na­tion of the earth, those trees and a cli­mate that goes from blis­ter­ingly dry and dan­ger­ous to thun­der­ing rain and wind; it’s so dra­matic and fan­tas­tic. I love it. And I miss it.

1999 | United States WEST HOL­LY­WOOD

I re­ally strug­gled with

Los An­ge­les in the be­gin­ning. It felt soul­less and over­crowded. Ev­ery­one tells you that you’re the greatest ac­tor they’ve ever met. It has an air of des­per­a­tion, an en­ergy that’s hard for a sen­si­tive wee chap like me to deal with. Not hav­ing any ground­ing there am­pli­fied it all.

I bought a condo in West Hol­ly­wood when I was mak­ing the film Me­mento in 1999 and it changed ev­ery­thing. I walked in and went, “Wow!” It needed work but I opened it up, put floor­boards down, painted it white and ba­si­cally re­ar­ranged the feng shui. It’s on four floors and is tiny but lots of light comes in. My gui­tar col­lec­tion is there – and clothes – so I don’t have to pack much.

You know when you med­i­tate and come to cen­tre and it’s just you and your breath? That’s how I feel when I walk into that apart­ment. I just love, love, love be­ing in my lit­tle place and I know in my bones that I’ll never sell it.

2016 | Nether­lands AM­S­TER­DAM

Carice van Houten [Melisan­dre in Game of Thrones] and I had a baby boy here in Au­gust two years ago. Carice and Monte live in Am­s­ter­dam and we do a bit of to­ing and fro­ing to Aus­tralia but Am­s­ter­dam is an­other home to me now. I haven’t seen it in the same way tourists do be­cause I was very quickly launched into, “Right… we’re preg­nant, we’re hav­ing a baby… okay,” and all my fo­cus has been on my son.

Carice has just moved to a house next to Von­del­park in the heart of Am­s­ter­dam. We go into the park ev­ery day. It has a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of lakes and canals and open ar­eas with beau­ti­ful old oaks and plane trees and lots of peo­ple rid­ing bikes. It’s that pic­tureper­fect Am­s­ter­dam im­age.

I was here in 1994 with Stephan El­liott to pro­mote Priscilla [Queen of the Desert].

I was 27 then and I’m now 50. I’m dis­cov­er­ing the city through Monte and it’s re­ally lovely to take it in. It’s un­usual. It’s beau­ti­ful. It’s growing on me.

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