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Sarah Morrison

Actress, 30, Melbourne

- Sarah Morrison stars in Come From Away at QPAC until May 2. comefromaw­ay.com.au

When are you happiest?

I love learning new things so I really enjoy rehearsals because you are constantly evolving and adapting and it’s exhausting but exhilarati­ng when it works! It’s the most playful part of the process.

What has been your favourite role?

This is a really tough question because they have all been so different. I think the most special has to be originatin­g my first role, Lisa Miles, in Ladies in Black. There aren’t any characters out there quite like her, she’s one of a kind.

Which actors do you most admire?

I love watching actors that surprise me and make me invest in their story, make me care about them. Actors who make interestin­g choices that no one sees coming, that’s what I think makes for an exhilarati­ng performanc­e.

What impact did COVID have on the arts industry, and how did you keep yourself busy during your time at home?

COVID has had and still is having a huge impact on the arts industry. During the various lockdowns of 2020 I did a lot of writing and also worked as a dental assistant to get out of the house! It’s incredibly encouragin­g to see things getting up and running again and it is my hope that we will once again see the industry back at full capacity.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

It’s more of a quote that I love by Archilochu­s which is, “We don’t rise to the level of our expectatio­ns, we fall to the level of our training”. To me this means that it’s

Sgreat to imagine or visualise a performanc­e or audition going well but it’s even more important to get up and practice, practice, practice!

What’s your greatest achievemen­t?

Following my heart, packing my car and moving to Ballarat to study musical theatre. I am so glad I dropped out of my first university course to pursue my dreams. I’ve never looked back.

Your pet hate?

People who check their phones during a performanc­e! Turn your phone off, please. No matter how discreet you think you’re being, we can see you …

What makes you laugh?

Lots of things make me laugh! My coworkers are a particular­ly funny group of people. Profanity makes me laugh extra hard. I don’t know why but it always has.

What has the pandemic taught you about life?

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. The small moments and baby steps we make each day. The little wins. When things feel overwhelmi­ng or too much it has helped me find the silver lining and appreciate what I have right in front of me, like a delicious cup of coffee for instance.

What’s next?

There’s always something exciting just around the corner. You’ll have to stay tuned! o I’m going on a diet. Nothing too drastic you understand, just cutting out a few things and cutting down on others. For example I will now only eat two digestive biscuits per day instead of my usual four. Talk about sacrifice. I’m not drasticall­y overweight but I do have a baby bump I’d like to get rid of.

So I’m trying not to snack too much. I have a friend who is on the keto diet plan and he reckons that’s the way to go but I’m not sure about that. He informed me that means cutting out carbohydra­tes, which is verging on unthinkabl­e. I will make tweaks where I can and maybe eat less cake. I said maybe. When I was younger I never had to worry about what I ate because I never gained weight. I have spent most of my life with, as my father used to say, the physique of a racing tadpole. He also called me Gandhi throughout my teenage years. Yes I was that skinny. You can’t fatten thoroughbr­eds can you? Or maybe you can.

When I was younger I had tummy troubles and tried all sorts of diets including the Stone Age Diet. I also grew my own herbs including comfrey at one stage. The neighbours were a bit suspicious.

I was vegetarian for a while too and I even considered breatharia­nism after reading a really wacky book entitled Survival in The 21st Century. Breatharia­nism involves not eating at all and in some cases it involves going without water too. It may not surprise you to know that some people who have tried this are no longer with us. Bloody idiots.

I was a breatharia­n for about eight hours until I succumbed and ate a bar of chocolate.

After trying many diets I decided to chuck it all in and just go for the Seefood Diet. You know – you see food and you eat it. That doesn’t work quite as well when you write it down, does it?

So I have been happily eating my heart out ever since. As a consequenc­e I developed this little paunch. So I’m trying to be good, which is hard because I have a sweet tooth. I can’t give up sugar completely and I could not exist without scarfing down the occasional scone. Let’s see how I go.

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