On the Couch with Ryan Forbes

Ryan Forbes oncWho is Ryan Forbes?
I am a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (2014), from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Practice degree. I’m an actor, with the attached cliché of bartender / waiter on the side. I grew up in the U.A.E. in Dubai. Currently lives with younger brother, a short walk from North Melbourne’s hipster hangout cafes. Seeks a well priced rock climbing centre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
If I were to change a thing, it would probably be: buy less coffee. Also, if I wasn’t acting, I’d either be pursuing fashion design or a career that sees me completely surrounded by wild animals. I would like to endeavour to write more… and dive back into singing training.

Who inspires you and why?
Honestly? My younger brother. He is the antithesis of a quitter, and lives with incredible conviction to his goals. He’s got a sharp, soulful mind and is very gifted. I’m also obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence, who can do no wrong in my eyes.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d like to think that I could be involved with projects that encourage people to think differently about where we live, why we do what we do…challenge the status quo. I am a firm supporter of anything that strives for equality, be that in regards to race, gender, sexuality… I don’t want to be a contributor to anything that prevents progress.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere that provides a completely different experience to where I currently live. I love Melbourne, but growing up overseas and moving a lot has instilled in me a restlessness, and I love adventure. I went to Mexico last year, and it was brilliant. Everywhere I went was different, the people were incredibly welcoming, and the landscape is stunning.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
We always over-indulge on food and booze – I feel like it’s Melbourne’s best asset. I love showing them how eclectic this city is.

What are you currently reading?
Hello Mr. magazine and Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.

What are you currently listening to?
Anouar Brahem, D’angelo and Honne (and always Beyoncé).

Happiness is?
Changes all the time. Family. Dancing. And a new tattoo.

What does the future hold for you?
I’d like to live overseas again, and I want to craft a career as an actor that I’m proud of. I’d also love a dog.

Ryan Forbes graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice. During his time there, he played Alexander Vershinin in Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, and collaborated with Tom Healey (A Breath of Empty Space) and Maude Davey (Plus Sign Attached).

Ryan was a co-writer and performer of I Still Call Australia Homo, which had a season at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival. He played the title role of Harry in Patrick McBain’s graduate short film, Slug – to be released later this year.

Ryan is currently in rehearsals for a new Australian play, Grief and the Lullaby – written and directed by VCA Masters of Writing Graduate Patrick McCarthy, at Theatre Works as part of the FLIGHT Festival of New Writing from 14 August 2015. For more information, visit: www.theatreworks.org.au for details.

Image: Ryan Forbes