It’s the spice of life that most interests this versatile actor
Melissa Bonne might be a newcomer to cooking curry, but she has benefited from the know-how of a good teacher. “I only recently started cooking it which is really sad considering I was born in Zimbabwe,” the actor says.
“Nothing beats my gran’s, mum’s or Aunty Medina’s curries, so I just never saw the point in trying to cook it myself. But ever since mum taught me how to make a vegetarian version, curry powder has become the most important thing to have in the kitchen cupboard.”
Born in Zimbabwe, Melissa and her family came to Australia when she was five, and she grew up in the Hills District of Sydney.
For the past four years, Melissa has lived in Redfern in a three-storey terrace with a courtyard, sharing with two good friends she met while studying at The Actor’s Pulse acting school in Redfern.
“It’s central to everything, we’ve got really cool cafesafes and bars close by,” Melissa says.
“We all have our own little things we like and we don’t really have an order or anything — our mismatch feels like it all works.”
Next week Melissa will take to the stage in John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger at the Old Fitz Theatre in Woolloomooloo.
Melissa plays Alison, the wife of the main character Jimmy.
“When it first premiered, the play pretty much redefined British theatre,” Melissa says. “It’s the 60thh anniversary this year since the show first played in post-war London.”
“It starts four years into their marriage and she’s kind of lost herself,” Melissa says. “The marriage is really rocky and it just unfolds from there.”
This crystal tree was a gift from a dear friend of mine who has made a huge impact in my life. Given it’s a tree, it reminds me to stay grounded and also to breathe.
This is my rehearsal partner most of the time because when I’m preparing for actual rehearsals or auditions and I do a lot of reading and research with it.
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Since Mum taught me how to make a vegetarian curry, curry powder has become the most important thing in the kitchen.
When my sister brought these back for me from New York I almost fell off my bed with excitement. I love Beauty And The Beast. Also, I can wear them with just about anything in my closet.
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