On the Couch with Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson AAR On the CouchWho is Stephen Anderson? 
Tall, pale and almost offensively handsome. I’m also currently playing Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Exactly what I’m doing now, except in a slightly nicer pair of shoes.

Who inspires you and why? 
The five young men who share the role of Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Getting to share the stage with these boys – who range in age from 10 to 13 – at the beginning of their careers is hugely inspiring. What they’re required to do each evening is so enormous and yet they do it with a skill and generosity that we should all aspire to. They are all so sweet, heart-breaking and funny. And short, so I look taller. Which is always good.

What would you do to make a difference in the world? 
Attempt to always strive for kindness and perspective, maintaining a sense of humour. Also – get a keep-cup.

Favourite holiday destination and why? 
Berlin. It’s such a mind-blowing mix of history, culture and weirdness. One of the coolest cities in the world.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Late night drinks on the roof at Siglo after a show. A quintessential post-theatre experience.

What are you currently reading? 
Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m an avid podcaster. Slow Burn – an in-depth investigation into previous US presidential scandals, The Allusionist – linguaphile heaven and The Party Room – for a weekly dose of wretched despair at Australian politics.

Happiness is?
…only understood retroactively.

What does the future hold for you? 
Exactly what I’m doing now, except in a slightly nicer pair of shoes.

Stephen stars as Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – which will have its official opening on Thursday 15 August at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. For more information, visit: www.charliethemusical.com.au for details.

Image: Stephen Anderson (supplied)