A Quick Chat With Todd Morgan

Todd Morgan in 37 Ways To Say I'm Gay
Todd Morgan in 37 Ways To Say I'm Gay. Image by Jacinta Young

We catch up with actor Todd Morgan, currently appearing in the premiere of  37 Ways To Say I’m Gay for Midsumma 2012 at Downstairs At Alma’s, Melbourne.

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

Originally, a checkout operator at a Supermarket. After doing this as a 15 year old, I reassessed the situation and came up with “actor”.

Who is the most important person in the world to you?
As cheese-ridden as it sounds, my Mum.

What animal best represents you and why?
The patriot in me wants to say Kiwi – but I’m going to have to go with a Jack Russell. Generally hyperactive, but they can turn at the drop of a hat.

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 be pretty happy with $20,000.
What was the first piece of theatre/film/TV you ever appeared in and how old were you?
It was a musical version of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn when I was 5.

Windows or MAC?

Favourite food?
Cookies and cream icecream.

Who is the actor you would be most like to work alongside?
Jennifer Saunders – although I’m not sure I could keep a straight face.

What five songs would be the first you put a mix tape?

“Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
“Earth Song” by Michael Jackson
“All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
and depending on the time of year, “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey.
Actually who am I kidding – that would go on there regardless of the month.

10. What is the best thing about theatre in Australia?
Just the huge variety that you can see at any one time, everything from some weird little show in a 5-seat theatre to a full on Broadway production.

What’s the worst thing about theatre in Australia?
The ratio of “full-time-theatre-jobs” to “out-of-work-actors”.

Name one moment when you looked around, breathed happily and felt content.
Whenever I’m surrounded by people I love, it’s sunny and warm, sitting outside with good music playing in the background. Oh, and there’s also usually half a dozen bottles of cheap wine and a variety of ‘snacks’ from Coles.

Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?
Tijuana, Mexico about 15 years ago. Having to stay still for what felt like forever waiting for a man under a black cloth to take our photo – all whilst sitting on a donkey in 40C heat.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Adrian Brody on the set of King Kong.

Most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
A love scene got a bit out of hand – received an elbow to the mouth and had to do the rest of the show with a split lip. Lips bleed. A LOT.

What’s your life motto?
If it’s fun and it doesn’t hurt – do it. Applies to all aspects of life haha

What’s your favourite post-show snack?
Red Bull / V / Mother or something equally as caffeinated.

What’s your biggest phobia?
SHARKS. Or more specifically, surving a plane crash, landing in the water, only then to be taken out by a great white.

What is the worst date you’ve ever had?
A date with someone who could not make a single decision and just agreed with everything I said, ordered whatever I ordered, and wanted to do ‘whatever I wanted’. I need to see some sort of back bone and argumentative streak on the first date…

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Well – ideally I will have left my soul destroying “day job” and will be managing to support myself solely through acting and/or singing. It’s a pipe dream – but it could happen.


37 Ways To Say I’m Gay is playing at Melbourne’s hottest new venue Downstairs At Alma’s for the Midsumma Festival 2012 until February 5

Downstairs At Alma’s
1 Wilks St, North Caufiled

Bookings: www.downstairsatalmas.com.au

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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