With age you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself.
To this day I am the least materialistic person I know because my father didn’t raise me to just go out and buy this or that car. The only reason I wanted to make money as an actor was because I’m passionate about food!
To get down to the quick of it respect motivates me – not success.
What I respect as far as in myself and in others is the spirit of just doing it. For better or worse it may work and it may not but I’m going to go for it. Ultimately I probably prefer to be respected for that than whether it works out or not either winning or losing.
The word philosophy sounds high-minded but it simply means the love of wisdom. If you love something you don’t just read about it you hug it you mess with it you play with it you argue with it.
The first show I ever did singing and dancing was ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ I was playing Gaston. Gaston has red tights knee high boots and it’s very physical. I had headaches every day for two months.
My parents were drawn to the idea that there was space and opportunity in Australia. For the meagre sum of £10 you could sail your entire family out to Australia so that’s what my father chose to do.
My father is a real idealist and he’s all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up it was just a resounding ‘No.’ But if I asked for a saxophone one would appear and next day and I’d be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning my father would spare no expense.
My favorite play in drama school was ‘The Bacchae.’ It’s about a king who literally gets eaten alive by all the women in the play in a kind of orgy – it’s related to the word ‘bacchanal’ – and I loved that idea of animalistic chaos and following our own desires.
I’m doing a new musical on Broadway which opens in October called ‘The Boy from Oz’ where I play Peter Allen. For those of you who don’t know he became first famous in America for marrying Liza Minelli.
I once sang ‘Summer Nights’ from ‘Grease’ at a bar in Melbourne with John Travolta who’s a good friend of mine. He looked cool singing the part of Danny – sitting in an armchair smoking a cigar – while I got stuck playing Sandy.