On the Couch with Marissa Bennett

Marissa Bennett AAR On the CouchWho is Marissa Bennett?
I’m a Melbourne based actor appearing in Lachlan Philpott’s production of Colder at Red Stitch Actors Theatre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d probably be a visual artist or would be working with animals in some capacity.

Who inspires you and why?
I have a lot of really fierce female friends who inspire me every day. They’re funny and creative and resilient. A big shout out to Jules, Kasia and power duo Sophie and Dom.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d try to be compassionate. I think a little bit of compassion goes a long way.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I haven’t had a holiday in the longest time! Probably somewhere remote. I love winter holidays; rugging up, going for walks and having an open fire.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’d probably take them out of town to Wilson’s Prom. Either that or to the Heide Museum of Modern Art for a picnic in the gardens and a wander around the gallery.

What are you currently reading?
Different Every Night: Freeing the Actor by Mike Alfreds – which I’m finding really helpful with for my current role in Colder. Mike Alfreds is an author and a director and a genius when it comes to the process of theatre making.

What are you currently listening to?
Too many true crime podcasts – a particular favourite is Australian True Crime Podcast with Meshel Laurie.

Happiness is?
Being joyful in your own company.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully great things. I think my forties are going to be the bomb! I also dream of having a property one day where I can have horses and dogs.

Marissa is appearing in the Victorian premiere of Colder – currently playing at the Red Stitch Actors Theatre until 8 April 2018. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: Marissa Bennett (supplied)