On the Couch with Nikita Waldron

Nikita-Waldron-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Nikita Waldron?
She’s ever-evolving, so it’s hard to pinpoint her exactly, but currently an actor performing in Girls in Boys’ Cars at the National Theatre of Parramatta who keeps herself busy with passion projects on the side – meaning when I’m not in the rehearsal room you can probably find me at the library.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Honestly nothing. I’m relatively early in my journey as an artist and I plan on enjoying the ride. My friend recently said a freelance career in the arts is a lot of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ which I agree with, but the uncertainty is also sometimes what keeps it exciting. I’m slowly learning that often the setbacks and rejections turn out to be ladders to better things.

Who inspires you and why?
Kate Mulvany! I could rave about her forever. She is probably the most resilient and hardworking actor-writer in Australia. I cannot begin to articulate how much she lights up a room, how valued she makes each person feel in a rehearsal room, how intelligent and interesting she is and how much she inspires me. My first main stage show was playing her daughter and it was a masterclass in learning about the sort of artist (and person) I want to be.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Better representation on our screens. We’re heading in the right direction but Australia still has a long way to go. And we all need to actively work towards the change.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Queenstown, New Zealand. My Dad grew up near there and to me it’s heaven on Earth.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’d make a day of it. The beach first because Sydney boasts some of the world’s best. Then to the theatre and then to the pub for a necessary post-show debrief. Or maybe the Golden Age Cinema – I love it there.

What are you currently reading?
I’m going through an autobiography phase. I write fiction and tutor high school English on the side, meaning I go through phases where I need a break from reading things that feel work-related. Currently I’m reading Heather Mitchell’s Everything and Nothing, Geena Davis’ Dying of Politeness and Indra Nooyi’s My Life in Full – three phenomenal women.

What are you currently listening to?
The new Sigur Ros album and Maisie Peters.

Happiness is?
Hanging out with my sister, Mum and Dad.

What does the future hold for you?
I’ve got a lot of big dreams so a lot of hard work!

Nikita stars in Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna – which plays the Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta from 19 October – 3 November 2023. For more information, visit: www.riversideparramatta.com.au for details.

Image: Nikita Waldron (Supplied)