Asher Keddie Reveals Battle with Shyness
If Asher Keddie could go back in time and give her teenage self some advice it would be, “Don’t wait too long to be brave”.
The WA-raised actor has a string of major awards to her name, but in an interview with InStyle Magazine confesses she has battled a lack of confidence her whole life.
The 38-year-old said it was part of the reason she was a relative late bloomer on the scene.
“I was shy and struggling with it,” the Gold Logie winner tells the magazine, which is out tomorrow. “When you are lacking in confidence, the last thing you want to do is perform.”
Keddie, who is photographed for the interview in glamorous designs by Christian Dior and Gucci, says a lack of confidence is common among actors.
“As an actor you have to be vulnerable or you’re just not going to cut it,” she said.
“Instead of fighting that vulnerability, you have to find a way of embracing it but without false confidence. I like that challenge, but struggle with it. It’s the juxtaposition of wanting to communicate a message and also wanting to not be looked at.”
The notoriously private star also opens up about her new relationship with artist Vincent Fantauzzo, a man she describes as “pretty wonderful”.
But she says they aren’t thinking about marriage. “I like the thrill of not knowing what’s happening,” Keddie said.
“I like the surprise in life across the board.”
Keddie also says she will play the neurotic Nina Proudman in a fifth season of Offspring.