“You know how I got through my high-school years? Teach­ers”

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Iam a pub­lic-school sys­tem kid. I wish I could tell you that I am a suc­cess story, go­ing on to get a univer­sity y de­gree and us­ing that t to spring into my life and ca­reer with th a great start.

Truth be told, I wasn’t sn’t that great. Maybe I had spark, but by Year 10 and 11 in the north­ern hern sub­urbs of Adelaide, I was los­ing g in­ter­est and my av­er­age grade e was spi­ralling from straight ght Bs to Cs and Ds. In fact, I re­peated Year 12 to get t bet­ter grades be­cause ei I was far too busy try­ing ng to be liked by ev­ery­one ne to ever ap­ply my­self. Not much has changed, re­ally.

You know how I got through it? Pub­lic high-school teach­ers. Ed­u­ca­tors who saw that spark and tried to stim­u­late te my hor­mone and junk-food rid­dled brain in to fire up and be in­spired. ed.

This wasn’t Dead Po­ets So­ci­ety. We were mainly bo­gans wear­ing ng a sem­blance of a school hool uni­form and sport­ing ng match­ing mul­lets. I re­mem­ber the tire­less ef­forts from my English teacher, Ms Bris­tow, my clas­si­cal Greek teacher, Ms Humph Humphries, and the head of mu­sic mu­sic, Mr Rodgers. Rea Reach­ing out to me and other oth­ers to read out loud. To choos choose nov­els that woke parts of ou our imag­i­na­tions from th their dor­mant slumber. To a al­low me and oth­ers to prac­tice in the mu­sic rooms and be in choirs, even though we never stud­ied mu­sic. If it wasn’t for them, I sim­ply don’t know where I would be now. Yet there are some f facts you may not know. Bet Be­tween 2016 to 2017, in some Aus­tralian un univer­si­ties there was a4 a 40 per cent de­cline in peo­ple ap­ply­ing for t teach­ing de­grees. T The Vic­to­rian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sions Cen­tre re­ported a 40 per cent d drop and the Univer­sity of Queens­land ex­pe­ri­enced a plum­met of 44 per cent. Why? We don’t pay t them enough. The start­ing salary is $67,000. Yet we ex­pect so much back in re­turn.

I know it’s a no­ble pro­fes­sion, but this is ridicu­lous. The fu­ture of our coun­try is at stake and, like any busi­ness, we need to give peo­ple in­cen­tives to want to do this.

We need to have the best grad­u­ates go back and ed­u­cate, not just for the star pupils, but those kids the sys­tem needs to help. The ones that are up the back, try­ing to not have to an­swer a ques­tion. The ones who just need the right per­son to say, “I be­lieve you can do this.”

They can al­ter some­one’s des­tiny. Change the course of a child’s life.

In­stead of com­plain­ing about them, we should thank them more of­ten. David co-hosts To­day Ex­tra, 9am week­days, on the Nine Net­work.

You suf­fered panic at­tacks as a child. Has suc­cess ended that? God, no. With suc­cess it’s gone? No, no, no. I think it’s in­ter­est­ing when you think, “If this just hap­pens in my life, I’ll feel like I’ve re­ally got it un­der control. I won’t feel this fear any­more.” But the op­po­site is true. Or at least it is for me. I man­age it dif­fer­ently now, but I’m a wor­rier. I haven’t slept through the night in five years, prob­a­bly. But many of us haven’t. I’m def­i­nitely a neu­rotic. Did you fit into Hol­ly­wood as soon as you ar­rived? I au­di­tioned for quite a while. The great luck that I now see I had on my side was be­cause I came out [to Hol­ly­wood] at 15; I had a lot of naïveté. So I was like, “I’m just go­ing to do it!” And that ide­al­ism lends it­self well to be­ing in the in­dus­try. I don’t know that I ever felt like I fit in, in a spe­cific way. I still don’t know that I feel that way, even though it might look dif­fer­ent on the sur­face. What did you sac­ri­fice for your am­bi­tion? When I was younger – be­cause I left where I grew up to au­di­tion – that sac­ri­fice would just be leav­ing school. But I loved that at the time. I was like, “I’m not in school any­more!” Now I’m like, “You’re in­sane, you prob­a­bly should’ve gone to school…” The only thing that’s been a ma­jor dif­fer­ence and some­thing that has been very hard to rec­on­cile – and I don’t know if I’ll ever ad­just to it – is loss of anonymity. It’s not some­thing you can re­ally imag­ine un­til it hap­pens, and then you mourn it. It’s like a lit­tle piece of you has died. How did win­ning the Os­car for La La Land change things? In terms of what I’ve been drawn to, I wouldn’t say any­thing has re­ally changed. It was an amaz­ing night and an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence and very sur­real, but I don’t know that any­thing has changed in­side of me… I don’t know what the hell I’m do­ing. I have to keep learn­ing and grow­ing and hope­fully get­ting bet­ter. You turned 30 last month; do you ever con­sider where you want to be in 10 years? I have no idea… I hope I’ve got my head screwed on. I hope my fam­ily’s still around and healthy. I hope my friends stick around. I hope to be cog­nisant of ev­ery­thing. My num­ber one phrase is “san­ity first”. Your new film The Favourite is about Eng­land’s Queen Anne and her re­la­tion­ship with two courtiers. How rare are rich fe­male roles? Male or fe­male – es­pe­cially fe­male, based on what I’ve seen and read – it’s in­cred­i­bly rare to find fan­tas­tic char­ac­ters. So it was very en­tic­ing. I thought these three women were so well-drawn and com­plex. I couldn’t imag­ine not get­ting to be a part of it. At one point your char­ac­ter Abi­gail says, “I’m al­ways on my side.” Is look­ing out for your­self first some­thing you be­lieve in do­ing? You have to look out for your­self, but to say my in­ter­ests are the most im­por­tant thing could be rel­a­tively so­cio­pathic if you saw it from a cer­tain lens. I’m not say­ing she’s a so­ciopath; she’s a sur­vivor and she needs that kind of strength to make it through. Her cir­cum­stances are enor­mously dif­fi­cult. I just don’t know if I share that men­tal­ity. What about rid­ing a horse? You do that a lot in the film… Oh god, why do peo­ple ride horses? Peo­ple love it. I love horses. I don’t want to get on one. I don’t want to ride one! Ugh… that part. The Favourite is in cin­e­mas from De­cem­ber 26.

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