A Quick Chat With Erin Bruce

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Erin Bruce

We catch up with actor Erin Bruce.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up my parents always said I was the drama queen of the family so it’s no surprise I’ve ended up being a drama queen professionally. I used to sit in the front tree of our house singing the role of Mabel from ‘Pirates of Penzance’ at the top of my lungs… thankfully I have patient neighbours.

Who is the most important person in the world to you?
Gosh – It’s impossible to say one person! Can I say my entire family? I know that’s cheating but they are the people who have given me endless support and keep me solidly grounded … not to mention a little help with the rent every now and then.

What animal best represents you and why?
I’ve often been told I’m quite cat like. Not a domestic cat. A big cat. A combination of grace, strength and beauty.

If you were a contestant on Deal or No Deal, how much would you need to be on offer before you walked away?
I’d probably deal early… I’m not much of a gambler and $10,000 is a lot of money to me.

What’s the worst date you’ve ever had?
I can’t say I’ve ever experienced a particularly bad date. But I have had some weird proposals and once had a guy want to show me love letters from his ex girlfriends.

Windows or MAC?
I was once a PC girl, but I’ve been converted to MAC.

Which Spice Girl was your favourite?
I was torn between Baby and Ginger. I went as Baby Spice to a birthday party and dyed the bottom section of my hair hot pink. It was great until it never washed out and I ended up having to cut my hair.

Who is the actor you would be most like to work alongside?
I think my mother would be thrilled if I ever got to work with Hugh Jackman. But I’d be very happy to work alongside Rachel McAdams or pick the brains of Geoffrey Rush.

What five songs would be the first you put a mix tape?
Wild Young Hearts – Noisettes
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
I Know What I Am –Band of Skulls
Laces Bound – Dead Letter Chorus
You Don’t Shock My Anymore – Cee Lo Green
The Juggernaut – Wild Party (I snuck a sixth song)

What is the best thing about theatre in Australia?
There are so many new works being written and created by wonderfully talented people.

What is the worst thing about theatre in Australia?
We don’t get to see a lot of these works come to fruition – and if we do they play for such a short season that chances are I miss it!

Favourite food?
My dad’s BBQ. Challenge him and you’ll lose.

What would you do if you found a wallet on the ground?
I’d hand it in and hope someone would do the same if they found mine.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a few … But amongst the worst would be the month I had to dress up as an inflatable Christmas Tree.

What’s the first website you visit when you come online?
Hotmail. I’ve usually got plenty of spam to sift through.

Name one moment when you looked around, breathed happily and felt content?
I feel this everytime I do my walk along the beach. There’s something about the mix of sea salt, waves and great tunes playing on my ipod that makes me instantly happy.

Red or white?
White wine. Though a couple of glasses is enough to give me a headache so I’ll stick to cocktails … Kuletos anyone?

Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?
India was pretty eye opening. Living in Singapore for three years was amazing. Oh! And the outdoor hot springs in the Netherlands are something I’ll never forget.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
After I finished high school I was working at an upmarket hotel in the city and met Pierce Brosnan on my first day – I remember my colleagues reminding me to close my mouth.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
To be honest, I have no idea. If I go off the last 5 years it’ll be unpredictable with lots of exciting experiences and changes. I go where the work takes me and love travelling. But whatever I am doing, I’ll be happy, gaining experience and learning… always learning.

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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