On the Couch with Sophie Ross

Sophie Ross - photo by Tim GreyWho is Sophie Ross?
A very curious and very curly female human. She has a lot of hair.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Take more risks.

Who inspires you and why?
My dear friend Virginia Gay. I have known her for 15 years and every single day she has grown. She gets more joyful, more supportive, more open and more courageous in every moment. (And she is a CHAMPION to travel with!).

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Meet everything and everyone with open ears, an open spirit and generosity. Always add joy.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
How can I saaaaay??? I LOVE travel in my soul. I have never met a country I didn’t like… Bad answer I know – but I can’t do favourites! I couldn’t even pick a favourite colour as a five year old… (“But there are so many. And what am I doing with the colour? Is to wear? Or to paint with? Or is the colour of my bike?  Arrrggghhhh …”)

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I just take them to places I like to hang out – Ceres, Open Studio, Abbotsford Convent – basically anywhere that recreates the feeling of a 70s commune. I’m a tad obsessed with community.

What are you currently reading?
Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami. It is EXCELLENT. Read it!

What are you currently listening to?
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen. Horses, Patti Smith. Lemonade, Beyonce.

Happiness is…?
Your new neighbours (who happen to be professional painters) seeing you painting your room, offering to help, doing the whole paint job themselves and then REFUSING to take anything in thanks. Just welcoming you to the neighbourhood. This JUST happened to me and it has made my freaking year.

What does the future hold for you?

Sophie is appearing in Malthouse Theatre’s production of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch, currently playing at The Coopers Malthouse until 9 July 2017. For more information, visit: www.malthousetheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Sophie Ross – photo by Tim Grey