9 Questions With Emma Booth

Emma Booth is a name you may or may not know, but it’s a name you definitely should know.

Emma graduated from Santa Maria in 1998. While still at school she made her acting debut in the tv series The Adventures of the Bush Patrol. She’s starred in many movies and TV shows since then. In particular Australian TV shows: Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Cloudstreet, Jack Irish: Bad Debts, Glitch and The Gloaming. Movies she’s been in include The Boys are Back, Tracks and Tango Underpants just to name a few.

We asked Emma to share a bit about herself with us.

What do you love about your career?

I love so much about my career. The fact I get to create different characters and live as these characters for a certain amount of time is such a gift. I love the travel that comes with it. The opportunity to work with such incredible artists all around the globe truly is a dream come true. I also find acting to be a form of therapy in a way for me. I get to really dig deep into my life and throw it wholeheartedly into each character and watch them come to life with a lot of honesty. There’s nothing more rewarding than that.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me differs if I’m shooting or if I’m at home. At home, I usually wake up around 8.00 am, have coffee, check my email and go for a walk. I love cooking so that is a huge part of my day. I can’t forget painting, it’s my outlet and my love. I need a form of creativity if I’m not on set shooting. I also love to watch ghost hunting documentaries, it’s kind of strange – I know, but I’ve always been into ghostly things.

What keeps you awake at night?

Not much, I do most of my thinking during the day or should I say pondering the current state of the world. I tend to throw it to the wind at night because I need sleep like I need oxygen, and I love to sleep so much.

What inspires you every day?

Humanity! Seeing how much people have come together and how much they have been helping each other through such adversity over these past two years has been inspiring and gives me hope that together we will always come through everything.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

I’ve had many amazing moments throughout my career, but one of my latest career highlights would have to be playing Billy Bob Thornton’s girlfriend alongside Robin Wright in Ben Young’s new film ‘Where All Light Tends To Go’. He’s a master and working alongside him was a dream. I really learnt so much!

What is the best advice someone has given to you?

Laugh. Laughing is the best medicine. It truly is!

What book do you think everyone should read?

I know this is cliché but Eat Pray Love will still go down as one of my all-time favourite reads. It was given to me at a time when I really needed it. The book truly spoke to me and inspired me no end. I ended up flying to Bali and meeting many of the people she spoke about in the book.

Is there a particular person, program or experience from your time at Santa Maria that had an impact on your career?

All my beautiful Art teachers Libby Covich and Thelma Cluning. They were my Art and Theatre Arts teachers, and this is clearly where I shine, so much of my inspiration came from them.

If you could go back, what would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Choose your company wisely. They will make or break your life. And I don’t say that lightly. PS everything is going to be ok!

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