Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is in cin­e­mas from Novem­ber 22.

s Camp­bell drinks green tea at his kitchen bench – ve­gan and tee­to­taller, he is an em­bod­i­ment of clean liv­ing his wife jok­ingly calls “the most punch­able man on the planet” – it’s clear he and Lisa have built the fam­ily he never had. Leo, he says, is “sen­si­tive and in­tel­li­gent with a big heart”, Billy is “phys­i­cal and a risk-taker – he’s al­ready been to hos­pi­tal twice” – while Betty is the “Cate Blanchett of the fam­ily”. When it comes to par­ent­ing, the pair ex­ude love, calm­ness and open­ness. “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key,” says Camp­bell. “I al­ways want them to know what I’m think­ing and feel­ing. I’m very open with them, I’ll apol­o­gise if I’m in­cor­rect and I’ve told them I’ll al­ways lis­ten to them.”

Trans­parency is very im­por­tant, which is no sur­prise. As has been well chron­i­cled, Camp­bell was brought up be­liev­ing his grand­mother Joan was his mother while be­ing told his real mother Kim was his sister. Jimmy Barnes, who had a teenage li­ai­son with Kim and would visit oc­ca­sion­ally, was re­ferred to as a fam­ily friend. Camp­bell was only told the truth at the age of 10.

As Lisa notes, it was “ac­tive de­cep­tion” and for years Camp­bell strug­gled. Ther­apy and mak­ing pro­found choices about the fa­ther he wanted to be – in­clud­ing giv­ing up al­co­hol – have helped. “I needed to grow be­cause I knew I would lose all of this if I was still that frac­tured per­son. There’s still iden­tity is­sues, but the main legacy is anx­i­ety.” He takes a deep breath. “This was a re­ally hard week for my anx­i­ety. It’s been steady

LISA WEARS (right) KITX top and skirt, kitx.com.au DAVID WEARS Jac+ Jack jacket, ja­can­d­jack.com and shirt, david­jones.com; Levi’s jeans, le­vis.com.au (be­low, from top) David Camp­bell won a Help­mann Award this year for his role as Bobby Darin in Dream Lover; with his fa­ther Jimmy Barnes in 2012; on To­day Ex­tra with So­nia Kruger last year.

No-one wants to see the same-look­ing per­son lined up one af­ter an­other. That’s some­thing I am con­stantly try­ing to tell young peo­ple who I in­ter­act with – be­ing you is so much more spe­cial and au­then­tic. In 2015, you ap­peared on the cover of Time magazine as one of its 100 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world. Who’s been a big in­flu­ence to you? Raven Wilkin­son, an African-amer­i­can bal­le­rina who danced for the Bal­let Russe [de Monte Carlo] in the 1950s. I first saw her in a doc­u­men­tary and I felt emo­tions that were so vis­ceral. It was the first time that I felt this nat­u­ral em­pow­er­ment. I want to share sto­ries like hers, and of other African-amer­i­can bal­leri­nas who don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the plat­form and op­por­tu­ni­ties I have. In your new film The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, you worked with some mas­sive names, in­clud­ing Keira Knight­ley and Mor­gan Free­man. What was your big­gest pinch-me mo­ment? I think just the be­gin­ning, step­ping onto the set. Ev­ery­one was so in­cred­i­bly sweet. Keira was there and it was amaz­ing to have time with her, just to be. We’re all nor­mal peo­ple, which I kind of had to keep re­mind­ing my­self. It’s like when young peo­ple meet me [and are starstruck]. I don’t want them to feel like I’m above them. We’re all hu­man be­ings.

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