Brenna Hard­ing

VOGUE Australia - - CULTURE -

Hard­ing has en­joyed a steady ca­reer on stage and TV (most no­tably in

Pu­berty Blues). But it was an ap­pear­ance on a ground­break­ing episode of Play School as an eight-year-old talk­ing about her two moth­ers that made the most im­pact on her per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

“Be­ing in that episode that was talked about so much gave me an un­der­stand­ing of the power of sto­ry­telling to make so­cial change. By telling my own story I learnt how that can im­pact the world, and that’s my main mis­sion as an ac­tor – to make sure I’m telling sto­ries that make peo­ple feel seen, heard and un­der­stood, es­pe­cially those in marginalised com­mu­ni­ties. Act­ing is a re­ally strong ex­er­cise in em­pa­thy … it’s putting your­self in some­one else’s shoes.”

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