A Quick Chat With Rod Waterworth

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Rod Waterworth

We catch up with Rod Waterworth, music theatre performer and cast member in the current revival of ANNIE, currently playing at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Professional tennis player

Who is the most important person in the world to you?
The current coach and captain of the Australian Diamonds Netball Team

What animal best represents you and why?
Probably a cat. I’m happy to sit on the couch and rest.

If you were a contestant on Deal or No Deal, how much would you need to be on offer before you walked away?
Go for broke. You arrived with nothing, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

What was the first piece of theatre/film/TV you ever appeared in and how old were you?
Channel 9 News Promo at 24 years of age.

Windows or MAC?
Windows, but thinking of converting … advice?

What has been the most exciting/memorable moment in ANNIE so far?
Seeing old friends and meeting new friends who will be family for the next 12 months.

Never work with children or animals – discuss.
I’ve done WIZARD OF OZ twice, children’s theatre for Gary Ginivan and returning to ANNIE again………I guess I have no complaints.

Who is the actor you would be most like to work alongside?
Catherine Tate

What five songs would be the first you put a mix tape?
‘As Long As He Needs Me’, ‘I Have Confidence’ and something by Warlow, O’Connor and Bassey.

What is the best thing about theatre in Australia?
The people, the talent, the energy.

What’s the worst thing about theatre in Australia?
Not enough people to support it.

Name one moment when you looked around, breathed happily and felt content.
When I finished this questionnaire.

14. Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?

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

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In a musical – hopefully not dancing!??

Most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
I forgot to come on during the 2nd performance of a show. Not saying which show or season. I covered it well……I think.

What’s your life motto?
Never give up.

What’s your favourite post-show snack?
Cheese and crackers and a glass of wine or two!

What are you looking forward to doing ‘Tomorrow’?

What’s your biggest phobia?
Moths. I swear I was attacked by one when I was a child of 18.


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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