On a break from filming a new HBO series in New York, Adelaide actress Sarah Snook talks about working with Kate Winslet and taking on Hollywood.
Growing up in Adelaide… we lived opposite the Belair National Park. To be able to go and ride [my bike] around is a really South Australian thing for me.
As a child I was… a bit of a ratbag. Not naughty, just running around, getting muddy and climbing trees. I guess I was a bit of a loner in that sense.
Home now is… Brunswick, Melbourne. At the beginning of this year (for the first time since 2011) I had work in the same city I lived in, which meant I was able to go home after the shoot. It felt like such an alien experience.
Studying at NIDA was… pretty intense. It was certainly life changing. It is something that solidifies who you are as a person, for good or bad. In one way you are stripping back who you are in order to play a character, but by doing that you are constantly asking who you are.
I really loved working on… The Glass Castle.
The director (Destin Daniel Cretton) really created a family atmosphere on set. The story covers three generations of the same family. It felt really genuine, nice and a good way to make a film.
I was feeling nostalgic, and they didn’t know what I was talking about. When I ate it, it wasn’t the same. I’ve convinced myself it’s because it was not real fritz.
Hollywood thinks Aussies are… a benevolent disease because there are so many of us over there! Also hardworking and pretty happy-go-lucky. There is also this perception that everyone knows each other.
Working with Kate Winslet was… pretty great. She’s like Superwoman. She’s got three kids, she’s moving all over the world, doing great work, and is just a really wonderful person. A real role model. She’s aware that people look up to her so she takes that seriously and respects that role.
Something people always presume about acting… is that it’s quite glamorous, that fame is a good thing, and there is some sort of power associated with acting. There is a lot of waiting around on set and then someone clicks their fingers and says, ‘Go, act, now!’ If you don’t do it, well, you could be fired. There are lovely things like events and pretty dresses but that’s not the real side.
I’m about to… start shooting a series for HBO in the States in September. When you sign up to do a series, you have to sign for five-to-seven years so you hope that it’s good, or if it’s not you have some other benefit from it.
The show is… called Succession, and it’s about a billionaire family who is very wealthy. I guess it’s about what power and money does to family. It’s kind of like the Trumps, the Packers, or the Murdochs.
If I had to watch one film on repeat… growing up, it was always Aladdin. I think I watched it over 90 times. Now I’m more picky. I did watch The Incredibles at the cinema, walked out, bought another ticket and walked straight back in. I haven’t done that for a while.
There are lovely things like events and pretty dresses but that’s not the real side.
If I could star in a remake of any Australian film it would be… Crocodile Dundee but as Crocodile Dundee, a female version. Or maybe Mad Max, but the female Mad Max. Or maybe Wake In Fright. They’re all male-driven ones, aren’t they?
The thing that keeps me awake at night is… acting’s heightened levels of uncertainty. That’s thrilling in a way, but it’s also terrifying. You just have to succumb to it.
I would like to be remembered for… interesting and diverse work. I hope to be as honest or as truthful as possible within that work and within the way I live my life.
I used to always get fritz and sauce at… the butcher in the Belair Triangle! Is it even still there? I think I had it in New South Wales last. I was feeling nostalgic, and they didn’t know what I was talking about. When I ate it, it wasn’t the same. I’ve convinced myself it’s because it was not real fritz.