A Quick Chat With Josh Horner

Josh Horner is one of Australia’s most versatile performers, with a formidable list of theatre credits spanning three continents including London’s West End (Movin’ Out, Guys and Dolls), Broadway (Billy Elliott), and Australia (Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliott).

Josh is a judge on Channel 7’s Dancing With The Stars and although he now lives in Los Angeles working as a freelance choreographer and TV host most of the time, he is about to re-embark on the Australian revival tour of A Chorus Line in the role of Zach.

We catch up with the (very funny) Horner to ask him our 20 Questions…

Josh Horner
Josh Horner

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Exactly what Im doing now… A Dancer.  #living

Who is the most important person in the world to you?
My family and my reflection… lol

What animal best represents you and why?
Fainting Goat (youtube it) when they get excited they fall over…

If you were a contestant on Deal or No Deal, how much would you need to be on offer before you walked away?
Hmmm… us dancers are easy… 10 or 20 grand

What was the first piece of theatre/film/TV you ever appeared in and how old were you?
Romper Room first tele gig… I was like 5 or 6. Very Funny. Theatre – Gosford Musical Society in Showboat… they painted me black… so wrong nowdays!

Windows or MAC?

Favourite food?
Totally into chicken schnitzels any way shape or form…

Who is the actor you would most like to work alongside?
My bestie Shaun Rennie or Elmo

What would be the first five songs you put a mix tape?
Love shack ( B-52’s)
Downunder (men at work)
Hit me with your best shot (Pat Benatar)
You and I ( Medina and Deadmau5)
Firework (Katy Perry)

What is the best thing about theatre in Australia?
Im in it… pffft no! Um we have a great work ethic and I love how people do World Premieres on Aussies…

What’s the worst thing about theatre in Australia?
Im in it… LOL Sometimes tall poppy syndrome creeps in and when they use tacky reality TV personalities in the lead roles just to get bums on seats rather than solid fresh unheard of awesome talent…

Name one moment when you looked around, breathed happily and felt content.
I treasure every moment ! I have too many to mention…

Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?
Judging a dance competition in Gaitlanburg near the Smokey Mountains…

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?

Most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
My first show going on as ‘Johnny Castle’ in Dirty Dancing. I just had a confrontation with Baby’s father then had to walk off stage (as the revolving stage was turning) In a big acting moment I had my hand to my head as if i was in a state of dilemma and the revolve had spat me off on an angle to which I walked into the proscenium arch…BOOF! Cue audience “oooooo” I then had to do a sex scene at the end of act 1 with a headache and felt like a right dickhead.

What’s your life motto?
Dream Big

What’s your favourite post-show snack?
Salt and vinegar Pringles, Twirl and a coke…

What’s your biggest phobia?
Growing up

What is the worst date you’ve ever had?
Oh if only I had one ! #desperateandlonely

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Running a very successful business, choreographing musicals, owning a home, probably still desperate and lonely, making blueprints for my own theme park and always smiling!


A Chorus Line Sydney

Capitol Theatre
From 20 July


A Chorus Line Perth

Burswood Theatre
From 20 October


A Chorus Line Brisbane

QPAC Lyric Theatre
From 16 November


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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