Gemma Bird Matheson

VOGUE Australia - - CULTURE -

Matheson, who is of Papua New Guinean, English, South African and Scot­tish de­cent, most re­cently starred in Neigh­bours and co-cre­ated The House­mate for the ABC and Screen Aus­tralia.

“Be­ing as­so­ci­ated with Heath Ledger and the legacy he left – the sense of com­mu­nity he cre­ated for Aus­tralians in Hol­ly­wood and the legacy of giv­ing back to oth­ers

– is re­ally in­spir­ing.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be part of this Aus­tralian schol­ar­ship. This is what Aus­tralia looks like, it isn’t just what has typ­i­cally been shown in the past. So to be part of such a di­verse group of young ac­tors rep­re­sent­ing the Heath Ledger Schol­ar­ship is re­ally im­por­tant to me, es­pe­cially be­cause I also write and just co-cre­ated

The House­mate. Some­thing I am su­per­pas­sion­ate about is cre­at­ing di­verse sto­ries and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for ac­tors who aren’t typ­i­cally what Aus­tralians have looked like in the past on TV.”

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