On the Couch with Johnny Carr

Johnny Carr oncWho is Johnny Carr?
An actor, writer and voice over artist with a very recent hole in the crotch of his jeans. A co-creator of the award winning web series – The Greatest Love of All.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I could imagine myself being a gardener. Lots of fresh air and sunshine. I also wanted to be a PE teacher for a while. Pretty sure you’d get to wear a whistle.

Who inspires you and why?
People who aren’t afraid to look foolish. The ice-breakers. They allow others to follow suit.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Tell the truth. Don’t take things for granted. Tell those you love that you love them.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I have a real soft spot for Crescent Head on the NSW mid-North coast. Beautiful waves, beaches and bush. I went up there many times as a young whipper-snapper.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve just ended up at ‘the markets’ wandering around confused, eating too much cheese. So there’s that. But I’m on the look out for something new. Last time my brother was down I made him watch me swim in the bay. So I’m probably not the best tour guide.

What are you currently reading?
Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton and I’m just about to begin Moby Dick.

What are you currently listening to?
I have had been fortunate enough to be working with some wonderful musicians and cast mates for the last month. Tim Rogers, Sophie Ross, Xani Kolac and Ben Franz. Listening to what they come up with day to day often leaves me gobsmacked. Also a big fan of Melbourne singer / songwriter Dave Bramble.

Happiness is?
Loved ones and belly laughs and a dip in the ocean. I don’t mind a cheeky crossword either. When I’m feeling completely outlandish – I’ll combine them all. Take that world.

What does the future hold for you?
Look, baldness and cynicism seem like likely candidates.

Johnny Carr is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). His theatre credits include The Dream for Bell Shakespeare; M+M for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble; The Boys for Griffin Theatre Company; Charcoal Creek for Merrigong Theatre Company; Leaves of Glass and The Rites of Evil for Red Stitch Actors Theatre; The Suicide for Belvoir B-Sharp / Hayloft Project; Dad and Dave for Q Theatre; and Life is a Dream for The Storeroom.

His film and television credits include Sex: An Unnatural History; Rush; City Homicide and Suburban Mayhem. Johnny received the Marten Bequest Travel Scholarship for Acting in 2013. He is a member of the production company, Crystal Pomphet, and co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in the web series, The Greatest Love of All.

Johnny will be appearing in the world premiere of MTC’s What Rhymes with Cars and Girls at the Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne from 19 February. For more information, visit: www.mtc.com.au for details.

Image: Johnny Carr