The AFI Quick Quiz: Kestie Morassi
Q. What is your favorite word? Oil.
Q. What is your least favourite word? Wrong.
Q. What turns you on? Trees.
Q. What turns you off? Cinnamon.
Q. What sound or noise do you love? A crowd cheering in the distance.
Q. What sound or noise do you hate? A motorbike down a narrow street.
Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Astrophysics.
Q. What profession would you not like to do? Anything 9 to 5.
Q. The last film or DVD you watched? Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Q. The film that changed you and why? Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner is the first film I remember seeing as a child and realising what a film is, and what it can do. I recognised how the actors worked together to tell a story and it occurred to me that a film could be a way to say something important.
Q. Your guilty television pleasure? Top Model.
Q. Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is… the genuine sense of camaraderie.
Q. Three key mentors that have inspired you?
- My first drama teacher Michelle Williams. She gave everything to her students and recognised people’s strengths, encouraged you to love yourself and be an individual. She was also an inspiring actress to watch perform.
- Bryan Brown. He was integral in helping me to be cast in Dirty Deeds, my first break into film. He and David Caeser recognised something in me that I always felt was there but I just needed a chance to show it. Bryan Brown is a huge inspiration to me also because he’s obviously an icon, but has remained completely down to earth, has a huge heart and is always himself. What you see is what you get and I admire that.
- My Mum. My support, my angel, my life, my love.
Editor’s Note: Just for fun, here’s a gorgeous red carpet photo from the AFI Awards archive, featuring Kestie Morassi with fellow leading ladies from Satisfaction. If you haven’t seen her as the latex-loving madam with a heart of marshmallow, it’s worth a look. In my opinion, this is Morassi’s funniest, naughtiest and sweetest performance to date.