Elisa Colla

At home with Wouldn’t it be lovely to work with Dame Julie An­drews? This fair lady found out for her­self

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JustJu to meet her waswa enough and lit­tlelitt did I know that three­thr years later I wouldwo be work­ing with­wit her. This signed­sig book is so spe­cial­spe to me. hen Elisa Colla met stage and screen icon Dame Julie An­drews three years ago backstage at the State The­atre, she was thrilled enough. Fast for­ward, and now the lo­cal mu­si­cal the­atre star has had the priv­i­lege of be­ing di­rected by the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor in the Aus­tralian stage pro­duc­tion of My Fair Lady.

Hav­ing nabbed the main role of El­iza Doolit­tle in the last months of the Mel­bourne ne sea­son be­fore tak­ing on un­der­study du­ties for or the Syd­ney sea­son, Elisa says she is rel­ish­ing g the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“To not only meet Julie An­drews, but to be able to work with her is some­thing I never could have dreamt of. It’s some­thing I will never for­get,” says Elisa. “She was a com­pletely hands-on direc­tor, and to do this pro­duc­tion, 60 years on from when she playeded the lead role was amaz­ing.”

As this pro­duc­tion is com­ing to an end, Elisa is look­ing for­ward to some down time in her fam­ily home in West Pym­ble. Al­though she also has a base in Mel­bourne, there is some­thing spe­cial about this sub­ur­ban pad she’s called home since she was six years old.

“It’s nice to recharge and be with fam­ily,” she says. “My grand­par­ents live here with my par­ents and I have two sis­ters and two broth­ers but there’s al­ways room for me here.”

If her sched­ule per­mits, Elisa would also love to spend some time in Italy this year.

“I def­i­nitely need to un­wind and re­lax af­ter My Fair Lady, and most of all I look for­ward to get­ting a tan,” she says. “Keep­ing my skin fair for My Fair Lady has been a chal­lenge.”

Royal Albert cup and saucer

I made my pro­fes­sional de­but in Wicked The Mu­si­cal and my char­ac­ter used this in one of the scenes, so I bought my­self the same ex­act set.

Gran Pa­tri­cia Tay­lor

This photo of my grand­mother was pub­lished in a mag­a­zine in 1956. She was in a pro­duc­tion at Phillip Street The­atre at the time. She is still my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion.

Paint­ings of Verona and Veneto

The two paint­ings were done by my dad’s best friend in Italy. He has col­lected a lot of maps and prints from Italy over the years.

Kitchen dresser Tif­fany ear­rings

My boyfriend (ac­tor Zoy Fran­gos) gave them to me when I made my El­iza Doolit­tle de­but. He couldn’t have picked a more spe­cial gift, as El­iza wears pearls in the show.

Vinyl col­lec­tion

I mostly have records of clas­sic mu­si­cals and some of the first songs I learnt to sing are from these records. I like to col­lect the orig­i­nal al­bum. I pre­fer them to the CD.

That was res­cued from an old fish­ing shack my grand­fa­ther bought. I shot­gunned it — one day that will be mine. It’s my favourite piece of fur­ni­ture in the house.

My Fair Lady star Elisa Colla Fam­ily home at West Pym­ble

I have a col­lec­tion of beau­ti­ful Aus­tralian dresses and I al­ways travel with my favourites from Zim­mer­mann, Au­guste The La­bel, Tigerlily and Lover

I love to mix old and new, but at the same time I love clean lines and I don’t like things to con­trast too much

Home is where the heart is and a place where I can recharge and spend time with the fam­ily.

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