On the Couch with Gemma Chua-Tran

Gemma-Chua-Tran-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Gemma Chua-Tran?
I’m not too sure how I would describe myself! I like to do a lot of things, but at the moment I suppose I could call myself an actor. I’d like to call myself a photographer and artist but that would be accompanied by crushing imposter syndrome. Perhaps one day I can be all three.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I could muster up the motivation to pursue my interests, that would be fantastic. I have so many little hobbies that I give up on as soon as I get bored … then I feel guilty about having a pile of untouched art supplies sitting in the corner of my room.

Who inspires you and why?
I am endlessly inspired by the people I surround myself with! Seeing my friends grow into themselves and their own fields of interest motivate me to do the same.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
This is a very big question, and there’s a lot of things I wish I could change in this world. I do like to contemplate an existence without men, but it would be a bit radical to erase all men.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I loved visiting Los Angeles. I made so many friends! Being thrown into such an innately creative sphere made it so easy to meet other POC artists. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so motivated in my life! I spent my time meeting new people who I’m sure will be in my life for a long time!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
My favourite cafes of course! My best friend Drita introduced me to a bunch of coffee places in Sydney and I absolutely need to share them!!! I used to live down the road from ‘Soulmate’ in Newtown, and their oat maple cold brew is something I could drink forever and ever and ever if I didn’t get caffeine anxiety.

What are you currently reading?
Laurinda by Alice Pung of course!

What are you currently listening to?
I go through so many different music phases, but I never get sick of Lizzy McAlpine or Vulfpeck.

Happiness is?
Knowing everything will turn out okay. Allowing my body to feel ‘love’ to its entirety.

What does the future hold for you?
I truly have no idea. But I hope I’m enjoying myself.

Gemma stars in Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Laurinda – which will be presented at the Southbank Theatre, The Sumner from 6 August 2022. For more information, visit: www.mtc.com.au for details.

Image: Gemma Chua-Tran (supplied)