“Exciting things keep coming up”
Far from being an average middle-aged mum, Julia Morris reveals how “blinding self-belief” has powered her career as one of Australia’s most popular entertainers
In the lead up to her 50th birthday, TV funny lady Julia Morris continues to ride a career high. She credits her good run to “blinding self-belief”, “being a pest” and saving the best of herself for home.
If you need proof that Julia Morris is not your average middle-aged mum, just drive past her house on a weekday morning. There you will see her waving her kids off to school; right after, she’ll go clamouring onto a trampoline – in her pyjamas. And for the next half hour, she’ll jump up and down, headphones clamped to her ears, as she works out to the Black Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus.
“I may be in my pyjamas,” Morris tells Stellar, “but I do put on a sports bra.” She quickly breaks into her trademark laugh, its sound sitting somewhere between a seal’s bark and a snort.
It is little surprise that Morris takes a free-spirited approach to staying fit as she approaches her 50th birthday – “my golden jubilee, darl” – next April. In the same way she eschews the activewear-clad jogs and gym sessions favoured by her contemporaries, she has also charted her own work path. As a comedian, actor, TV host, radio presenter and author, Morris has upended the conventional career ladder and swung along it monkey-style instead – and with apparent ease.
Now, Morris says she is busier, more successful, healthier and calmer than she has ever been. If the half century