Delia Hannah, actress, singer
If I thought I’d be forgiven, I would confess to . . . loving to browse the aisles of hardware megastores. One thing you don’t know about me is . . . I used to be an art teacher. I’m most proud of . . . my daughter Grace, who is 7. The three people I’d love to invite to dinner are . . . Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Johnny Depp. When I was a kid I wanted to be . . . a marine biologist or a behavioural psychologist. I laugh every time . . . I watch Don’t Mess with the Zohan – that ridiculous Adam Sandler movie about the Israeli special mission soldier-superstar-hairdresser. The thing I’d change about me is . . . not one thing but many! So I don’t sound too superficial, I’d say to be more self determining in my life. I’m ashamed to say . . . that I only learnt about six words in Mandarin when I was touring China recently, and that I find Zohan funny. My favourite word is . . . random. The talent I wish I had is . . . to be multi-lingual. My course in life was set when . . . I auditioned successfully for Les Miserables in 1986. The person I admire most is . . . Mahatma Ghandi. I have a cup in my dressing room that has a picture of Ghandi and the words “There is no path to peace . . . peace is the path.” My greatest extravagance is . . . my gold Cartier watch. My biggest mistake was . . . selling my apartment in Bondi Beach. My favourite place on Earth is . . . the Coromandel in New Zealand and Bondi Beach. The most useful advice I ever got was . . . be in the moment. My most treasured possession is . . . my family and our good health. I last cried when . . . I sang “Touch me. It’s so easy to leave me, all alone with my memory, of my days in the sun” (from Memory). The music I’d like at my funeral would be . . . Right By Your Side by The Eurythmics. Delia Hannah is playing Grizabella in Cats, opening at Festival Theatre on January 3. Tickets from $79.90.