mu­si­cian and ac­tress Es­ther Stephens

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - NEWS -

Grow­ing up I wanted to be… I had a brief pe­riod where I thought I might like to be a painter, but then my mother pointed out that I would have to sit alone in a bor­ing stu­dio all day and I re­alised she had a very good point. I think for most of my child­hood I knew that I wanted to do some­thing in the per­form­ing arts. My fam­ily was re­ally mu­si­cal and I grew up singing. The per­son who in­spires me the most

is… My mother. She just con­tin­u­ally ex­hibits such gen­eros­ity, love and strength. I also ad­mire her pas­sion for ad­ven­ture. She re­ally ex­hibits that qual­ity of liv­ing life to its fullest and mak­ing the most of her time. If I could change one thing about the

world it would be… I would love to see greater re­spect and tol­er­ance for people’s dif­fer­ences across the board –

our re­li­gious free­doms, our dif­fer­ent gen­ders, and our dif­fer­ent val­ues. Re­spect and tol­er­ance ab­so­lutely. My ideal win­ter night in is… An open fire­place, a roast cook­ing in the oven, my hus­band by my side drink­ing a good glass of red wine. Win­ter is my favourite sea­son. The qual­ity I ad­mire the most in

others is… People who have a can-do at­ti­tude, who go out there and make things hap­pen. I have a ten­dency to pro­cras­ti­nate and be a bit of a dreamer, so I re­ally ad­mire people like my hus­band who will just get on and make things hap­pen. I’m not much of a dare­devil, but…

I think the cra­zi­est thing I’ve ever done was up and move to Mel­bourne for four years. I spent most of my time trav­el­ling across the Tas­man work­ing in both New Zealand and Aus­tralia while still try­ing to main­tain a re­la­tion­ship with the per­son who is now my hus­band. It was a roller­coaster and it was hard, but would I do it again? Ab­so­lutely. I am for­tu­nate to have an amaz­ing man who un­der­stands I have to do these things to work in a job that I love.

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