Kym Jackson, Actor: 31st October 2004
interview one of Australia's up and coming stars,
who may predict is heading straight to the top in
her chosen endeavor.
Jackson takes time out of here busy schedule to talk
with Media Man.
idea of being able to act in films every single day.
(Sad, cheesy and cliche', but true)
do you look for in a director / producer?
a director I look for someone who has a good eye for
lighting and the shots, but trusts their DP enough
to leave them and spend time with the actors. With
me someone who trusts me and what I'm doing, but will
guide me in the direction of where they want the scene
to end up.
did you get your break?
I don't know that I've actually 'broken' yet... I
am in the US at the moment which is great, but all
of my work here is lined up for next year when I get
my visa through. I hope I'll be able to answer that
question in a year or two!
parts of the world has your work taken you?
around Australia, France, England, Prague, Milan,
America, and next year I think I'm heading to Canada...
us about some of our favourite perks?
Like trailers and free clothes? That's definitely
a nice part of the job, but my favorite thing is having
someone cook amazing food on set for a few weeks that
I get to eat. I can't cook, so it's nice to be doing
something other than take out or restaurants every
is the business on your relationships?
Boys are something I see a lot of from a distance,
but I rarely go on more than a second date. I work
long hours alot of the time, so I often struggle to
find time to even scratch out my phone number.
has been most supportive of your career?
family and my friends have been amazing my whole life.
There's not a single person I know who doesn't believe
in me, or at least say they do. That gives me strength,
knowing that I have so many people who think I've
made the right choices so far.
are the biggest challenges you have overcome?
moved three times for work. When I was 17, from Logan
to the Gold Coast, at 21, from Surfers to Sydney,
then at 22 from Sydney to Los Angeles. It sucks because
you leave behind a group of friends whom you are just
really getting to know. It's nice heading back and
does the modelling work compliment your acting?
I'm not a model! I just did the Miss World thing for
a joke - I didn't actually think I'd get in! I have
done a few photo shoots for publicity, but I've never
officially been paid to do a shoot for a magazine
or anything. I'd be more than happy to though... geez,
stand me over there and pay me a few grand to look
cool for five hours - tough job!
us about your sporting and theatre sports endeavors?
sports rules! We came 2nd in Queensland a few years
ago but I haven't had a chance to do it for ages.
With sports, I guess rock climbing and jetskiing,
though since I've been over here I've had no time
for either. I'm signing up for a martial arts class
here very soon though - that's one thing I don't want
to lose touch with.
are you favourite types of roles?
dramatic - I tend to bottle up my emotions in real
life, and act tough and nonchalant, so when I'm acting,
they all get a chance to vent through my characters.
I love comedy in a slapstick sort of way, and I'm
a massive action film fan. I haven't had a chance
to do any, but I'm possibly doing Overnight next year
with Redline Films, which would be a great comic/action
media coverage have you received to date?
of photos at premieres and events in the states. I
have had a few Aussie articles done on me, and I just
did a photo shoot for Ralph magazine - though it's
not coming out till next year. I'm still just starting
with alot of this stuff, so the press are still just
getting to know me.
does the Internet assist you?
never bad in the entertainment industry to walk into
an audition and have the director say 'I know you
from ...'. It generally won't get you the part, but
it definitely gets you in the door and keeps you there
for a little while longer. After that, it's up to
you to do good work.
the biggest misconception about you?
I'm in any way girlie. I don't have much of a feminine
nature. I like to wear baggy clothes, I hate makeup,
my hair is straight, so people always think I've had
it blow-dried: wrong, 90 percent of the time, I get
out of bed, shower, and leave for work. I'm pretty
low maintenance like that.
some of your "secrets" of looking so good?
so good? Geez, I don't know. At events it's about
an inch of strategically applied makeup and some talented
photographers. The rest of the time I think I sit
in the pretty scary looking basket!
actually pretty shameful because I read it on a poster
when I was about ten years old. It was written under
Keanu Reeves picture, but it's stuck with me for some
reason: "It's better to regret something that
you did do, then to regret something that you didn't".
It's funny because the way it's worded truly sounds
as though some stoned surfer bum has made it up. I
know there are a thousand better ways to phrase that
point, but I think that one really sums it up in its
your star sign?
do you do to relax?
pool and drink many Coronas, or many, many scotch
note: Kym Jackson is one fired up, enthusiastic and
motivated actor. Something tells me that we are going
to be hearing a lot more from Kym. You read it here
Jackson at Fish premier
Jackson at Fish premier
Jackson official website