6:30pm – Monday, November 15 on ABC1
This week’s guest on Talking Heads is Kerry Armstrong.
In this enlightening interview Armstrong reveals to Peter Thompson that after a career ranging from The Sullivans, Dynasty, films such as Lantana, two AFI awards and a Logie, she is rethinking the future of her acting career.
“It feels like I’m almost all done!” Armstrong started out as a Channel 9 weather girl while still in Year 11. She cut her acting teeth at the famous Hagen-Berghoff Studio in New York and was heavily influenced by its philosophy.
“There are actors who are really good liars and what they can do is…they can pretend to be someone else and then there are actors who…literally do a biography of the person, which is what I do.” Heather Jelly in Seachange, still one of Armstrong’s best known roles, is a case in point.
Armstrong’s view of the character’s psychology was different than that of the director and scriptwriter. She won. She admits that finding the ‘truth’ in her roles has led to a reputation for being difficult.
Although she’s happy to plug her current project, the third series of Bed of Roses, it’s clear that celebrity in itself holds no appeal.
“Whoever invented the word should be shot. It’s a bit like the casinos, you put the money into those machines and how much across the board do people get back?”