On the Couch with Phoebe Panaretos

Phoebe Panaretos AAR On the CouchWho is Phoebe Panaretos?
Phoebe Panaretos is… 27 years old and still working it out! Right now I’m grateful to be working on a show I love with an awesome group of people!

What would you do differently to what you do now? 
Nothing! I’ve always wanted to be an actor, tell stories and explore different characters. The only thing I’d do differently is to do MORE diverse work, this sadly like every actor is something out of my control.

Who inspires you and why? 
Tough question! There are lots of different people that have made an impact on me. I am most inspired in a rehearsal room, I am constantly blown away by the talent around me among the cast and creative team. I’ve been very lucky to work with some incredible people and I’ve taken a little piece from everyone I’ve met on my journey so far.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I am a vegetarian now going on 6 years. I try to eat consciously and live day to day making small choices that better our environment. Performing is also my way of making a difference, you never know what kind of day someone of having or what is going on in their personal lives. Performing in a show I believe we provide an escape and equally a catalyst of catharsis for the audience.

Favourite holiday destination and why? 
I’d have to say the island of Koufonisia in Greece. I describe it to friends as the Greek ‘Byron bay’ it’s stunningly beautiful and the vibe of the island is very relaxed and carefree. I love it!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to,and why?
I grew up in Coogee, so the first thing I do with most out of towners is to take them on the Coogee to Bondi walk. What a bloody beauty!

What are you currently reading?
Patti Smith’s Just Kids.

What are you currently listening to?
Dua Lipa’s album and Up and Vanished – the crime podcast!

Happiness is?
Starting my day with a swim in the ocean!

What does the future hold for you?
I have no idea, for now I’m just excited to be touring around Australia with this fantastic show and seeing some different Aussie cities I’ve never been lucky enough to visit.

Phoebe is starring as Whatsername in the Australian touring production of American Idiot – currently playing at the Sydney Opera House until 14 January, before heading to Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide from 19 January; Crown Theatre Perth from 2 February; Comedy Theatre, Melbourne from 23 February; Playhouse – QPAC, Brisbane from 13 April; and Darwin Entertainment Centre from 3 May 2018. For more information, visit: www.americanidiotlive.com.au for details.

Image: Phoebe Panaretos (supplied)