“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

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy TIM HUNTER In­ter­view AN­GELA MOLLARD

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

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