Most people expect me to have changed because of stardom. The truth is, success only changes those who haven’t been expecting it. If overachievement is built in to your life-plan, then it’s easy not to get thrown off course by sudden and momentous fame.
I find I walk through the Quadrant shopping centre imagining a film crew is following me. I developed this habit long before anyone wanted to turn my life into a film. Perhaps this is why I am so natural on-screen -- being in the presence of a real film crew was nothing more than having my imagination brought to life. I will say that, in reality, there wasn’t the witty banter and good-humoured practical jokes that I have with my imaginary cameraman and director. I am a riot, on set, in my mind.
Still, I made some good friends and am now comfortable with a cornucopia of new terms: rushes, dollies, gaffers and also: ‘magic hour.’ This is a time just after dawn and just before dusk when everybody moves up one notch on the scale of attractiveness. Twice a day, for a few fleeting moments, I am a 7.8.
As part of the publicity for the film, I have been lucky enough to share exquisite canapes with some big names. I pretended to be a giant while eating a tiny burger beside Harvey Weinstein. I became an actual giant next to Bruce Willis. That is the other thing about the movie business. Everyone is surprisingly small. Everyone.
P.s. Have you noticed that my name – in the above abbreviated form – looks like someone raising one hand for a high-five?