On the Couch with Jessica Vickers

Jessica Vickers AAR On the CouchWho is Jessica Vickers?
She’s half Dutch, the youngest of seven, and is engaged to her best friend. She’s also an actor/singer, occasional dancer, and obsessed with miniature versions of everyday objects.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would be better at letting people see me when I’m feeling below 100%. That way I’d be far more social, less exhausted, and have even stronger relationships with the people I love.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m always inspired by people who are brave enough to ask for help when they need it, even if they might not want it.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would invent an empathy pill and make sure everybody had a prescription.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Japan! It has an incredibly rich cultural history, delicious (oishi!) food, and the kindest people. My fiancé also proposed there, so Japan has a special place in my heart.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them to the National Gallery of Victoria, followed by a drink at one of the many fabulous rooftop bars here in Melbourne. Why? Because it’s the perfect afternoon! But a cheese toastie from Maker & Monger at Prahran Market is always a showstopper, so I’d try to squeeze that in for them as well.

What are you currently reading?
Mythos by Stephen Fry and The Eight Characters of Comedy by Scott Sedita.

What are you currently listening to?
SIGNS by Ultrafine; it’s the debut single by the Melbourne based music duo featuring my wonderfully talented friend and fellow HP cast member, Manali Datar. It’s an absolute bop! I am also obsessed with the podcast, You’re Wrong About by Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes – it gracefully held my hand through the Melbourne lockdown.

Happiness is?
The sound my 1-year-old niece makes when she sees a bird.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m usually a goal-setting super planner, but if last year taught me anything, it’s that your world can turn upside down in a second. So I’m trying to focus on the present and accept that the future is uncertain. Although I often see a puppy in my near future when I look at tea leaves…

Jessica stars as Moaning Myrtle and Lily Potter Snr in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which recommences at the Princess Theatre from 25 February 2021. For more information, visit: www.harrypottertheplay.com for details.

Image: Jessica Vickers (supplied)