IN­SPI­RA­TIONS:

ac­tress Amanda Billing

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

My nick­name is... Billing.

My most prized pos­ses­sion is... My iPhone. I was born in the 1970s and this kind of thing still blows my mind. If I could in­vite any three peo­ple (alive or dead) to a din­ner party, they would be… Ugh, too many to choose. Right now I’d choose He­len Mir­ren and Olivia Col­man be­cause they’re my act­ing he­roes, and Jon Hamm be­cause he’s a to­tal babe and an act­ing hero too.

My fond­est child­hood me­mory is… Play­ing at my house. It was amaz­ing: a big, ram­bling (maybe haunted) villa, small or­chard, big Para pool, mas­sive vege gar­den, stream run­ning across the back of the sec­tion, a horse in the pad­dock over the fence, creepy stands of trees that seemed like some­thing out of a fairy­tale, so many fruit trees. It was an acre of heaven on earth for a lit­tle girl and her friends. I loved it so much.

What is one item you could never live

with­out? Per­fume. My favourites are: Am­bre Maquis (from Mecca Cos­met­ica) Map of the Heart #4 and Boc­canera (both from World). If I had to choose another ca­reer I would

be… An art teacher or a trans­la­tor. The item I would save from a fire is… My

grand­mother’s ring.

My favourite pas­time is… Art, in gen­eral. Read­ing – non-fic­tion mostly. Watch­ing doc­u­men­taries. Devour­ing Net­flix/ Light­box/Neon/Ama­zon Prime. Three words my friends would use to

de­scribe me… Cre­ative, in­de­pen­dent, busy. My great­est fear is… Dy­ing painfully.

Who do you ad­mire the most? Any­one who runs their own busi­ness, do­ing some­thing they’ve al­ways wanted to. If I had my pick of projects I would love

to work on, it would be... A cos­tume drama

for telly.

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