On the Couch with Marina Prior

Marina-Prior-courtesy-of-Herald-SunWho is Marina Prior?
Marina Prior is mum and wife, and actor/ singer who is incredibly grateful for the life she is living.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would be more organised and never run late (but that will probably never happen!) I wouldn’t want any other job really… but if I had to choose something else I would be an archaeologist.

Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by so many people I come into contact with every day. My fellow cast and crew members of 9 to 5 are amazing, and journalists and medicos that go into war torn places are extraordinary. My friends that have faced hardship and health issues with grace and dignity are a wonder.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Whenever I get to use what I do to support charities, I feel I am making a difference… I believe entertaining people, making them laugh and transporting them for a few hours makes a difference in peoples lives.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I love Fiji…  my husband and I got married there, so it holds 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 beautiful Yarra Valley as it is full of gorgeous bush land and fabulous food and wine .

What are you currently reading?
I am reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I am rereading it after many years as my son is studying it for year 12 English – it’s helpful for him to chat about it. It is also an extraordinary play.

What are you currently listening to?
Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Anoushka Shanka and Yo-Yo Ma.

Happiness is?
My family, friends and my work.

What does the future hold for you?
A concert tour with my dear friend and colleague David Hobson, some more theatre work and hopefully a holiday!

Marina stars as Violet Newstead in Dolly Parton’s 9 TO 5 The Musical – currently playing at Arts Centre Melbourne until 17 September; before playing the Adelaide Festival Centre from 9 October. For more information, visit: www.9to5themusical.com.au for details.

Image: Marina Prior – courtesy of Herald Sun