On the Couch with Daniel Frederiksen

Daniel FrederiksenWho is Daniel Frederiksen?
The guy writing these answers… or is he?

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I think I’d like to be a Buddhist Monk… I like sitting and breathing.

Who inspires you and why?
Peoples honesty – it inspires me to get honest.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Create art that makes people feel less alone.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My parents farm. It’s quite and there’s free food.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
The rock indoor climbing place on Swanston Street in Melbourne, and to see the view from the Eureka Sky Deck. I’ve always wanted to go indoor rock climbing and I’ve never been to the Eureka Sky Deck. Is that selfish?

What are you currently reading?
Since April this year I’ve been devouring all of Iain M Banks ‘Culture’ sci-fi series. Lyall Brooks put me on to him with Consider Phlebas… it’s very sad Mr Banks is no longer with us.

What are you currently listening to?
Old episodes from the This American Life App. If you’re into brilliant radio docos or spend a lot of time in the car, I highly recommend this app.

Happiness is?
Being OK with what’s going on right now… and my girlfriend and my puppy do a pretty good job.

What does the future hold for you?
Eventually death… In the mean time I would like to give more and take less, expect less and provide more.

Daniel Frederiksen is a well-respected, AFI and Logie-nominated, much-loved theatre, film and television actor. His most recent stage works include La Mama’s critically acclaimed Robots vs Art, for which he is also currently performing in the Australian tour, and playing Marc Antony for Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Trained at NIDA, Daniel was an ensemble member of Melbourne’s Red Stitch Actors Theatre for ten years, appearing in many of their critically acclaimed shows including Ruben Guthrie, Fat Boy, Leaves of Glass, The Pain and the Itch, and After Miss Julie.

A popular face at Melbourne Theatre Company during these same years, his credits there include Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Rockabye, Don Juan in Soho, Cheech and Measure for Measure.

On television he was nominated for a Best New Talent Logie for the role of Leo Flynn on Stingers. Last year, he appeared in Channel Ten’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story, and recently appeared in Underbelly: Squizzy and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Other credits include Offspring, Blue Heelers, and Young Lions.

Daniel’s major film credits include lead and guest roles in Summer Coda, Closed for Winter, Ten Empty, Ghost Rider, True Love & Chaos and Bastard Boys, for which he was nominated for a 2006 AFI award for Best Actor in a Television Drama.

Daniel is currently directing Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig for Lab Kelpie Productions at Chapel Off Chapel from 9-20 October 2013. For more information, visit: www.labkelpie.com/#fat-pig for details.

Image: Daniel Frederiksen