"Aren’t most actors just anxious narcissists?"
As a group, we certainly have an unenviable reputation. Much like lawyers, comedians and car salesman, there are certain, unavoidable assumptions that follow as soon as the word “actor” tumbles out of my mouth at a party.
Over the years, for better or worse, here are some of the things I’ve encountered…
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“Omg, this is so cool, now I know someone who’s famous!”
Do you? Who?! Oh…
Sorry to disappoint, but I am not turning many heads while ordering my morning coffee (unless I have my sweet little one-year-old in tow. That kid gets a lot of action on our local strip).
Yes, there is a certain trajectory in my industry that inevitably leads to fame, but that is only for the top one per cent, as it can be in a lot of other professions. The rest of us mostly just go about our business, earning a living and enjoying varying degrees of success, mostly anonymously.
This sometimes then leads into, “Oh, do you know [insert very well-known Australian actor here]?” Sadly, no, Margot Robbie and I aren’t besties, which is ridiculous because I think we’d get along famously. And although I do actually see Guy Pierce brunching at one of my favourite spots at least twice a week, I’d be just as nervous to strike up a convo about his coffee order as you might be, despite our common interest (and comparable level of global fame).
“So, what have I seen you in?”
This is such a natural thing to ask someone upon learning that they’re a professional actor because our general understanding of what an actor does is that it’s very public facing. And this is true, to an extent. But I would actually say the vast majority of people haven’t seen the vast majority of my work.