My first job was mak­ing my own per­fume ...


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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).

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