The Big Issue : Edition 535
MY CHILDHOOD WAS quite nomadic. I was born in Canberra, moved to Brisbane as a baby and then spent some time in the UK and New Zealand, and then ended up back in Brisbane. I’ve met a lot of actors who have had cross-cultural experiences as children. Feeling like an outsider is something that draws people to performance work because it’s a way to understand how best to fit into an environment where one feels alien. I’m not suggesting that it necessarily works, SIGRID THORNTON TALKS BEING IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW – ON SCREEN AND OFF. THE SIGRID FACTOR LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF » SIGRID THORNTON 20 THEBIGISSUE21APR–4MAY2017 PHOTOGRAPHSCOURTESYOFFOXTELANDMOVIESTILLSDATABASE but I think it draws the child to seek methods of dealing with new situations. Also, living in a different environment where there are different accents and a different culture compared to one’s own home turf, I think that probably sparks the imagination. I started my acting career very young. I had done a lot of my training with a theatre called The Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane, which in those days held quite sophisticated drama workshops for children. I say that because they weren’t tap dancing classes – not that there’s anything wrong with that! I actually wish I could! I finished school at 16, and was about to start at university. I started acting at 13, so by the time university rolled around, despite the fact that I had academic parents, I was pretty determined that my acting career was going to come first. I enrolled in Queensland University part-time, and in the middle of the first year I dropped out – I got an acting job in Melbourne.