On the Couch with Jessica Clarke

Jessica-Clarke-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Jessica Clarke?
I’m an actor who works across stage, film, television and voice over. I’m currently performing in Burn This at fortyfivedownstairs and thrilled to be back on stage. I’m a WAAPA Acting graduate and member of the Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre Ensemble.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’d have another career that can work alongside my acting that is equally as fulfilling. If anyone can tell me what that is I’m all ears!

Who inspires you and why?
People in the arts right now. It’s been the most challenging of times for artists of all mediums, and anyone who is pushing on with courage inspires me. It’s what the world needs in this moment.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Listen more.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Paris! Because, well… croissants and history and architecture and French people everywhere.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
An exhibition at the NGV, a wander through the botanical gardens, coffee and lunch at Napier Quarter in Fitzroy, a show in the evening at fortyfivedownstairs and a late dinner and drink at Cumulus Up.

What are you currently reading?
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. My character in Burn This is moving through grief, so this is a wonderful resource.

What are you currently listening to?
To get into the world of the play, I’m listening to Bruce Springsteen Live on Broadway, and as an exploration of grief and hope, I’m listening to Ghosteen by Nick Cave.

Happiness is?
Not necessarily always feeling happy. It’s having purpose and inspiration, moments of stillness and feeling connected to humanity. Doing what you truly love.

What does the future hold for you?
I’ve stopped predicting the future!

Jessica stars as Anna in 16th Street Actors Studio’s presentation of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This – currently playing at fortyfivedownstairs until 7 February 2021. For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.

Image: Jessica Clarke (supplied)