On the Couch with Lucy Durack

Lucy Durack AAR On the CouchWho is Lucy Durack?
Mum, Wife, Actor, Singer.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’m not sure if I understand the question correctly but I could always meditate more. It is a bit trickier to find the time at the moment, with the family and the show, but I know everything is better when I do.

Who inspires you and why?
Smart, creative, brave, strong, kind, hard working people like Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope, Imogen Banks, Jemma Rix, my mum, dad, sisters, husband Chris, my kids, the list really does go on…

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Mostly I just try to be the best I can at home for my family and at work. I try to be as grateful and as kind as I can and trust my instincts. I give what I can, where I can. On occasion I do a random or secret act of kindness and try to tell people on the street both if they look lovely and if they have food in their teeth. I am not sure I am making much of a difference in the world, but I do think continually trying to be the best person you can (and of course failing and then trying harder and smarter) is a good thing to do and can have a ripple effect.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Rottnest Island. It is where we spent at least a week of every summer of my life growing up, and it is where Chris and I got married.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why? 
To the theatre to see Shrek of course! And before or after that to have some pasta at Pellegrini’s, and maybe a trip to the NGV.

What are you currently reading? 
I re-read Midwife Cath’s The First 6 Weeks during Teddy’s first 6 weeks, which was really helpful. While feeding him I have been having a real chuckle at Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules For Life and I have been enjoying revisiting The Enchanted Wood whilst reading it to Polly of an evening before bed.

What are you currently listening to? 
My good friend Penny McNamee just put me onto the Reese Witherspoon episode of the podcast Second Life, which was really inspirational. I am listening to Brene Brown reading her audiobook version of Dare To Lead. It takes me about 30-40 minutes to ‘degreen’ after a show so I all of a sudden have time for podcasts and audiobooks for myself again, which is lovely, otherwise I also really enjoy listening to the ABC Listen App with Polly.

Happiness is?
Watching Polly making Teddy laugh, which is a new trick for both of them.

What does the future hold for you?
I am so excited to be home in Melbourne with Shrek and I am working on some tv projects with colleagues here that I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into. And just a lot of mumming and family time.

Lucy stars as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical – currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, before heading to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre – QPAC from 9 May 2020. For more information, visit: www.shrekthemusical.com.au for details.

Image: Lucy Durack (supplied)