Saturday, May 19, 2007

Jesse Said It!

"I'm glad I'm back to being a nobody."

"I'm the black sheep of the family." [Talking about how all his siblings are doctors]

"Like Billy [his character in "Neighbours" (1985)], my dad is a GP and my two eldest brothers are too. If I wasn't acting, I would have definitely gone into medicine, too. It's totally fascinating".

"Mum decided that I could sing a bit, so she put me in a choir, which I hated and it was just a nightmare. I was a rebellious sort of choirboy."

"I started off with violin, then I started learning guitar, then I went to piano. But I self-taught piano just because I enjoyed it. I've always really enjoyed music. I haven't played much the last 4 years because I've been traveling around, so when I got his role [Neal in Uptown Girls (2003)], I had to start playing the guitar again".

"I always find music guys writing about love. Think of something else for a change. I'm sorry, but it's been done, and it does work and it's good and all that, but I think something else would be nice. I tend not to write lyrics, cause I'm a bad lyricist. I sort of write the music, and I can orchestrate the whole thing, but the words, [singing] 'I woke up this morning...' Awful stuff."

"I'm from Melbourne - it's a city of about 3 million - but when you're growing up in a place like that and you think it's quite a big city, and then you travel around and you go, 'Actually... no.' So when I go back now, Melbourne feels like a country town. My mum will be in like 15 cars of traffic and she'll be complaining. And I'm like, 'That's not traffic, I'm sorry!'"

It's tough in this industry - it doesn't matter whether one is auditioning for an advertisement or for a role in theatre or television - you just learn to take the hundreds of knockbacks! All these people are looking for a certain "look" for each job - the right age, height, hair type, size etc before they even consider any abilities - you learn not to get optimistic or disappointed!

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