On the Couch with Charles Upton

Charles Upton Arts Review On the CouchWho is Charles Upton?
An actor, currently playing Alex in The Little Dog Laughed at New Theatre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’ve always wanted to work in the arts and I love my life and what I do, so I honestly wouldn’t change much. But if I had to choose something completely different, I’d probably run an animal sanctuary.

Who inspires you and why?
Anyone who looks to live at their edge and face their fears. Particularly though, I’m inspired by a friend of mine Isaac Byrne – a teacher and director. He’s open hearted and always looks to get beyond his comfort zone. His passion for courage, vulnerability and truthfulness has consistently inspired me to be the best actor and person I can be. His influence has been huge.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
So many things. I’d stop all this hate and scapegoating of refugees happening all over the world for one. I raise my voice like so many others, but the people making the big decisions don’t care and aren’t listening. So I often feel helpless, especially when I labor at issues directly. There’s this quote I love though, “Vocation is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” I personally trust that if you listen deeply and do what you truly love you will benefit the world as best you can, no matter how odd or illogical it may seem. Like being an actor. Outside of that, day to day empathy. The more we understand the less we hate.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Canada or Alaska. Somewhere cold with lots of nature. Because the heat kills me and I love forests, mountains and snow.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Sydney Opera House. Obvious I know, but apart from being iconic it’s the most beautiful and interesting building in Sydney in my opinion. You can see some theatre or a performance and it’s a great place to stop for a drink. Plus, I do a lot of production and prop work for Opera Australia so I give people tours backstage.

What are you currently reading?
I just picked up Child of God by Cormac McCarthy. It’ll be the fourth book of his I’ve read.

What are you currently listening to?
Blink 182 – California, and Arthur Russell – Love Is Overtaking Me.

Happiness is?
Following your bliss.

What does the future hold for you?
The Little Dog Laughed at New Theatre which closes 4 March. I feature in the new series Drop Dead Weird coming soon to Channel Seven. After that, I don’t know. But I’m excited about the next few years, I’m savagely ambitious so I can’t wait to get started.

The Little Dog Laughed plays at the New Theatre: 7 February – 4 March as part of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. For more information, visit: www.newtheatre.org.au for details.

Image: Charles Upton