The Ques­tion­naire

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What are you plug­ging right now?

Right now I am teach­ing a course for third-year stu­dents called Act­ing for Cam­era at Syd­ney’s Ex­cel­sia Col­lege. I am also get­ting ready for the re­lease of a minis­eries for Fox­tel called Fight­ing Sea­son. I am about to re­lease a chil­dren’s book for Scholas­tic New Zealand in Oc­to­ber called We’ve got a Boat about win­ning the Amer­ica’s Cup. I am also look­ing at vis­it­ing schools and drama and per­for­mance groups through­out the coun­try as I tour with Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

‘‘[I’d like to] to cre­ate a colour blind­ness in our in­dus­try so that ev­ery­one is judged on their skill and not their skin colour.’’

What’s your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?

I love is see­ing my wife strug­gle to find some­thing for me to do be­cause ev­ery­thing is done!

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire?

I so ad­mire my lit­tle sis­ter, De­bra. She gave up her life in Mel­bourne to raise my other sis­ter’s two kids. She’s never been mar­ried but she came back to New Zealand to look af­ter not only her nieces, but also my mum. Her daugh­ter re­cently turned 21 and is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of a hu­man be­ing – and that comes back to my sis­ter De­bra.

What’s your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

When I was host­ing a very im­por­tant busi­ness awards cer­e­mony. It was tele­vised and I thought I would be clever and write some of the hard names down pho­net­i­cally so I wouldn’t for­get how they sounded. Need­less to say, when it came to read­ing out the names, I found that I couldn’t read my hand­writ­ing and ev­ery name came out wrong.

What is your most prized ma­te­rial pos­ses­sion?

My most prize pos­ses­sion is my Ma­ton six-stringed gui­tar. I had it made in 1998 with the first pay packet I earned work­ing on the cop drama Wa­ter Rats. It is my per­for­mance gui­tar and has trav­elled the world with me.

What is the most ad­ven­tur­ous thing you have done, which has taken you out of your com­fort zone at the time?

Fly­ing a he­li­copter for the movie Nims Is­land. In ac­tual fact, the copter was teth­ered with chains in­side the Movie World stu­dios on the Gold Coast, but I still had to get the skids off the ground. I also had the added pres­sure of hav­ing Jodie Foster and Ger­ard But­ler sit­ting next to me.

What gets your back up?

Sta­dium churches and min­is­ters who live lav­ish life­styles, while their fol­low­ers strug­gle to put food on the ta­ble.

If you could time travel, where would you go, and why?

I would go back to the 1950s and early 1960s. Peo­ple were po­lite and mu­sic was di­ver­si­fy­ing. Things were be­ing dis­cov­ered and ev­ery­one was cool. Ob­vi­ously, we would also do some­thing about the racial ten­sion in the world, too.

What life les­son would you pass on to your chil­dren?

To take own­er­ship of their de­ci­sions. Whether it be right or wrong, own your ac­tions and it will go a long way to cre­at­ing the per­son you want to be.

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

I would love to be a props maker. Cre­at­ing huge in­tri­cate de­signs and solv­ing prob­lems would be a dream come true. Walk­ing around a re­cy­cled shop find­ing things to make would be great.

If you were given three wishes that a magic ge­nie could grant, what would they be?

My three wishes would be to end poverty in the world, cre­ate re­new­able clean, free en­ergy for ev­ery­one, and to cre­ate a colour blind­ness in our in­dus­try so that ev­ery­one is judged on their skill and not their skin colour.

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