An insightful interview with Australian actress Corinne Davies, here's what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
I have been performing ever since I was a little girl. I would sing and do little skits at family barbeques. Most of my childhood was spent in country Australia, it was fairly isolating so I would entertain myself by making up stories and playing all of the characters! I started singing lessons when I was 9 and my teacher was the music director for the local Gilbert and Sullivan Society. I was cast in my first show, as an ensemble member in ‘Oklahoma’! That was the moment I really knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I was hooked!
Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?
My Grandmother was an amazing performer so I would have to say that she was my first inspiration. She always encouraged me to dream. As for actresses, there's Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Jennifer Aniston among others. Actor wise, Ewan McGregor has always been a favorite of mine. Benedict Cumberbatch is incredible.! I am constantly inspired. Friends and family inspire me, and life inspires me when it kicks my ass and I get to pick myself back up and see what I'm really made of and what really matters.
What kind have training have you done?
I started community theatre when I was really young. I was two years into an Arts theatre degree in Queensland, Australia when I was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. I completed the three year full time acting program. There was a lot of theatre; the classics, Shakespeare, comedy and contemporary plays. It was such a gift and has given me an amazing foundation as an actress.
What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?
I have played several feisty Irish characters and they are always a blast! Plus, I love the Irish accent. It has such a beautiful and languid musicality. Recently, I played Nora Barnacle, the wife and muse to the Irish author James Joyce in a play based on his life interspersed with excerpts from his most famous novel "Ulysses". She was extraordinary and completely ahead of her time. Prior to that, at NIDA I played a Jewish Nanna from the Bronx who had purple hair. I wore a latex fat suit, my dress was painted on the outside and I had to roller skate. I loved the freedom of playing a character so far from who I am. She really took on a life of her own. You can only really play this kind of character at drama school!
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Wow....there are so many people that I would love to work with. All of the actors who inspire me of course, definitely Meryl Streep, because she would make me look good!
What are your plans for the future?
To continue to tell amazing stories and to portray authenticate, strong and incredible women. I always strive to push the boundaries in order to be a better artist and a better person!
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Stay true to who you are...always. Don't doubt yourself, you have something unique to offer. Always remember peoples name and always treat people the way you would want to be treated. As you climb the ladder, remember the people on the first rung. Give something back. You were once them. Play and have fun! It's acting, not rocket science.