An interview with the incredibly talented Aussie actor- Geordie Robinson!
How and when did you first get into performing?
I first got into and realized the joy of performing in third year when I performed in a musical version of the 'Three Little Pigs'. I was lucky enough to play the antagonistic role of the big bad wolf, dressed in prison garb and sporting terribly long and itchy whiskers. Standing up on that stage behind a makeshift set of prison bars was the first time I remember thinking, "hey, I'm dressed as a prison rat and speaking with a lisp and the teachers and parents are laughing - this is cool". Upon reflection they were probably laughing at the fact that I look less like a rat and more like a child-junkie but I was still chuffed to be apart of it nonetheless.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
My high school drama teacher really instilled the love of literature, theatre and language within me. His passion for theatre and my involvement in his productions will remain a fundamental reminder to constantly explore, create and never settle when it comes to rehearsing a scene and 'developing' a character. I remember the zeal with which he taught and I have no doubt that a lot of that has rubbed off on me. Also, when I had just moved out of home and moved to the big city of Sydney to pursue my acting career, I bought Sophia Coppola's film 'Lost in Translation', turned it on and was completely knocked over with emotion. I'm not sure exactly what it was with the film itself, maybe the displacement that myself and the characters were going through in their alien environments, but something has stayed with me to this day forth and it still remains my favorite film ever. The level of improvisation and the space that that style of working creates in a scene excited me a lot and made me want to experience similar ways of working.
What kind have training have you done?
I studied full time at the Actors Centre Australia for three years as soon as I graduated high school. We spent countless days in painful yoga positions, prancing around in ballet tights and 'indulging' in our emotions at every chance we had. Upon graduation, I've also continued my training at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), the Hub Studio, with the lovely and incredible Larry Moss and also at Annie Grindlay's studio in Los Angeles.
What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?
Last year I played the lead role in John Osborn's, Epitaph for George Dillon'. The amount of work that we put into that production was so rewarding not only critically but certainly for myself. I was pushed hard and the focus and drive of the ensemble made it the greatest production to be apart of. I loved every second of it and I think I really discovered that sense of play that actors strive for.
What projects do you have coming up?
I'm about to start work on a local film shot in Sydney. It's a comedy about a group of guys who meet constantly for lunch and discuss their latest problems, dates, fantasies and loves as if they were a group of women. It's virtually Sex and the City reversed with straight heterosexual Aussie blokes.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
My ideal co-star would be my girlfriend. She's a fantastic actress and such a joy to be around, so a day of intense filming would be made so much easier with her opposite as the inner dialogue and familiarity is already there and doesn't need to be manufactured. Oh, and also, maybe Scarlett Johansson but let's not tell my girlfriend that!
What are your plans for the future?
To work as much as I can between film, television and theatre whilst still maintaining a lifestyle outside of work. I'd love to work in the States on an episodic and continue to explore and grow as an actor. To continue to surprise myself.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Read as many plays as you can from the great writers. Watch as many films as you can from the great directors. Fall in love with language and fall in love with the make believe. Make an idiot of yourself and never let anyone tell you you aren't capable. Be selfish when you can and find out as much about yourself as you can - this helps so much.