On the Couch with Embla Bishop

Embla Bishop AAR On the CouchWho is Embla Bishop?
Well, This was no easy question… I’m 22, An English born, Swedish-Australian actor/singer/dancer… and also the world’s worst driver!

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’ve always wanted to be an actor, but if I had to do something else, I would work alongside children who are speech impaired. I grew up at boarding school where having a strong voice was imperative. The idea of struggling to express oneself really resonates with me and is something that I would love to help others with.

Who inspires you and why?
My parents – they’re so in love.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Well to do my bit, I’ve stopped using straws and use more public transport. On the more individual side, I’ve always been lucky enough to have people around me giving me support and understanding.  I’d really like to show others that through making small changes in our lives each individual can make an impact. I feel that being involved in the arts allows us to do this and I wish we all – no matter what gender, race, religion and/or class – could feel that lucky.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I love travel, and the in-flight entertainment! I’m an absolute sucker for all things New Zealand, a picnic at the top of Roys Peak – by far the most beautiful place on earth. Apart from that, Northern Scandinavia in spring is where I feel as though I’m a part of a watercolour painting.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m such a tourist! Sydney being built on the water is one of the most attractive things about this city. Because of that I often take friends to OBar.  Who can resist a view like that? Opera House and Bridge in one!

What are you currently reading?
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay.

What are you currently listening to?
ABBA. Always ABBA.

Happiness is?
Christmas morning, lit candles and the smell of pine.

What does the future hold for you?
My immediate future involves a lot of beauty sleep! Sleeping Beauty starts in Melbourne and then moves to Sydney until 22 July. After that? I’m not too sure – but I can’t wait!

Embla stars as Sleeping Beauty in Bonnie Lythgoe Productions’ Sleeping Beauty at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 29 June, before playing Sydney’s State Theatre from 13 July 2018. For more information, visit: www.ozpanto.com for details.

Image: Embla Bishop – photo by Jens Radda

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