What would you do differently to what you do now?
Not panic so much. I should remember that next time I’m panicking. I did want to be an astronaut until I was 14.
Who inspires you and why?
People who stay true to themselves and don’t feel like they have to live up to a stereotype or generalization. My Dad is a doctor but he can renovate a house, was an athlete, is caring and I think his favourite musical is Sweeney Todd.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Recycle, eliminate the usage of as much single use plastic as I can, have short showers and turn the lights off when I leave a room, smile and say hello to people. I should be doing all this now.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
I really enjoyed Port Douglas when I went there a few years ago. I liked the humidity and temperature and being able to check out the rainforests and reefs nearby. I loved Seoul and would love to get back there. I’d love to get back to Paris too.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m a big fan of St Kilda. I’m a local. I like the architecture, which hasn’t all been torn down, from the art deco apartment buildings to the older townhouses and mansions. I would also take them for a walk through the city – there are lots of interesting buildings and laneways that we take for granted.
What are you currently reading?
Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux.
What are you currently listening to?
A lot of playlists on Spotify inspired by Frankie Valli and other singers of the 60s and 70s.
Buying seasonal vegetables!
What does the future hold for you?
A lot of enjoyment I think.
Bernard stars as Frankie Valli in the new Australian production of Jersey Boys – which opens at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in September 2018 before transferring to Brisbane in January and Melbourne in February 2019. For more information, visit: www.jerseyboys.com.au for details.
Image: Bernard Angel – photo by Lachlan Woods