Asher Keddie Reveals Battle with Shyness

Asher Keddie Reveals Battle with Shyness

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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.

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Asher Keddie as Nina Proudman

Asher Keddie as Nina Proudman

Asher Keddie as Nina Proudman

One of Australia’s most critically acclaimed actors, Asher Keddie has worked extensively in television, film and theatre. In April 2013 she won the TV Week Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Television Personality and also took home the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress for the third year running.
Asher’s intelligent portrayal of Australian media icon Ita Buttrose in Paper Giants: the Birth of Cleo saw her win the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Switched On Award for Best Performance in a Television Program and also receive a nomination in the Best Lead Actress category.

Prior to these productions, Asher played the lead role of Liz Cruickshank in Underbelly: Tale of Two Cities, and followed this role with her captivating performance of Blanche d’Alpuget opposite Richard Roxburgh in the Network Ten telemovie Hawke. In addition Asher is well known for her award-winning role as Julia in the critically acclaimed Foxtel series Love My Way alongside Claudia Karvan, Dan Wyllie and Brendan Cowell.

Her theatre debut in the 1998 Melbourne Theatre Production (MTC) of Patrick Marber’s Closer marked the beginning of a critically acclaimed theatre career, playing leading roles in several MTC productions includingThe Seagull, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Cyrano De Bergerac.

Asher’s film credits include the role of Dr. Carol Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman in 2008, and the independent Australian feature film Beautiful in 2007, alongside Deborra-Lee Furness and Erik Thomson.

Asher Keddie as Nina Proudman

Nina is a thirtysomething obstetrician who is used to expecting the unexpected. Her career delivering babies is constantly full of surprises. Her deliciously chaotic family is never short of emergencies. And Nina is the lynchpin; the person they all turn to for help in the midst of their crises.

Fortunately, Nina is both incredibly capable and incredibly caring, though she is prone to bouts of uncertainty. Offspring follows Nina’s adventures as she and partner Dr Patrick Reid prepare for the birth of their first child together.
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