My first job was making my own perfume ...
THOMAS LARKIN ACTOR
A vivid childhood memory is … my parents met at drama school in London, and when I was growing up in Hawthorne [in Brisbane’s east] with my two brothers, they took us to City Hall each year to see the nativity play at Christmas. I remember being bowled over by the excitement and the magic of the performance.
My most treasured possession is … my health. My nana passed away last year and I was also quite close to [Queensland acting legend] Bille Brown, who also died last year. It gave me a renewed appreciation of my health and making the most of every day.
The word that best describes me is … energetic. My first job was … making my own perfume. I’d mix frangipanis and other flowers and herbs with hot water and sell it for 5¢ a jar.
My favourite smell is … coffee. A book I couldn’t put down was … Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. I read it in my mid-teens and it stayed with me.
A song that gives me goosebumps is … at the moment it’s
Coldplay’s Magic. I relax by … exercise. I love running.
The person I most admire is … my mum, just for putting up with four boys (including my father). She is incredibly selfless.
I started acting because … I did drama at school [St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace] but after that I went to the University of Queensland to study human movement. I left, went backpacking, then enrolled in TAFE at South Bank, Brisbane, to do a drama diploma to see if I’d like it. I did, and went on to the Victorian College of Arts.
If life was a play, the script closest to mine would be … I saw this wonderful film called Once that’s been made into a musical. It’s about not following the well-worn path and being true to yourself.
The point of life is … as the quote [from Eden Ahbez’s Nature
Boy] goes, just to love and be loved in return. ALISON WALSH Larkin, 27, lives in Brisbane. He stars in Sex with Strangers at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, from July 22-26 (preview on Thursday).