Frank Bor­rell

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Frank Bor­rell is be­com­ing a screen reg­u­lar – re­cent ap­pear­ances in­clude Daf­fodils of May, Bro­ken­wood Mys­ter­ies and Filthy Rich – so it’s hard to be­lieve he’s fresh from The Ac­tors’ Pro­gram. Bor­rell is cur­rently per­form­ing along­side Jodie Hil­lock in the stage­play Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. In­ter­viewed by Mike Alexan­der. It would have to be me re­clined in a La-Z-Boy, in front of a fire­place in a cosy cot­tage some­where in the for­est, hav­ing cook­ies and milk. That’s heaven to me.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire?

I’m go­ing to have to choose two for this. These two peo­ple would have to be my par­ents. I ad­mire their strength, great work ethics, and com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing the best that they can with what they know, for their fam­ily. I’m just so thank­ful for their un­con­di­tional love and sup­port and pres­ence in my life.

What’s your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

When I was 13 I started my first day in high school and was su­per ex­cited to take up drama, which was my first class of the day. Went in su­per ex­cited and had to do our first ex­er­cise. But be­fore I had the chance to go up, a guy yelled out some nasty com­ments like ‘‘you’re stink’’ and every­body started to gig­gle along. That mo­ment stopped me dead in my tracks and that week I changed sub­jects and didn’t get back into act­ing un­til I was like 24.

Ever stolen any­thing?

I must ad­mit I was quite the thief when I was a young buck. I’ve stolen a lot of gold and sil­ver coins from my Mum’s purse and Dad’s wal­let, which fu­elled my ad­dic­tion for play­ing ar­cade games such as Space In­vaders. When I got caught, I would try to put my act­ing chops to work and tell ev­ery lie un­der the sun just to avoid get­ting the Jan­dal across my back­side. Never worked.

What do you most dis­like about your ap­pear­ance?

Man, I have this weird thing where in one spot on my head, hair never grows. It’s like hair all over and then this small one small spot, zero, noth­ing. That would have to be it. Ev­ery­thing else I’m happy with. Well, at least for now.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most de­spise and why?

I love every­body – maybe not that guy who said I was stink in my first drama class. Nah, he’s cool.

What life les­son would you pass on to your chil­dren?

I have so many that I would love to pass on to my chil­dren if and when the time comes. But the big­gest thing I think I would want to pass on to them, is to em­brace fail­ure, that fail­ure is good. We live our lives try­ing so hard to avoid fail­ure, but fail­ure is the real ev­i­dence that we’ve tried. If you avoid fail­ure, you avoid tak­ing ac­tion. Ex­pect and ac­cept that fail­ure is part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. Learn from it and move on.

What job would you do other than your own and why?

Be­ing a su­per­hero is a job right? I would love to be a su­per­hero. On a se­ri­ous note though, I think doc­tors, sci­en­tist, fire­fight­ers, peo­ple whose du­ties in­volve help­ing and ser­vic­ing the needs of others in need are awe­some. Any job that re­quires that, I would love to do, other than my own.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Base­ment The­atre, Auck­land un­til Septem­ber 2.

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