Welcome to the Screenwise Spotlight! This series provides a short insight and introduction to some of our star tutors here at Screenwise. It only seems fitting for us to start with the driving force behind the acting magic here at our studios – Screenwise Principal Director & CEO, Denise Roberts!
Founder of Screenwise, Denise has been working as a professional Actor, Producer, Director, and Author for 35 years. During this time she has picked up accolades at every stage of her career, including an AFI Award, an International Variety Club of Australia Award, an ACCTA Nomination, 4 Silver Logie Nominations, 2 People’s Choice Nominations, a Film Critics Circle nomination and a Sydney Theatre Critics Nomination for Best Actress.
Denise was invited to stand as Patron of the Big Screen Film Festival for Asia, Queensland and Victoria hosted by the Australian Film Commission. In 2013 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences invited Denise to participate as a judge for Best Actor in a television drama for their International Emmy Awards and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was on the judging panel for Best Actress.
We put Denise under the spotlight to answer five short questions around the acting craft:
When did you decide acting was for you?
When I was around 5 or 6 I was besotted with the comedy TV series Bewitched. Every week come hell or high water I would do anything not to miss an episode. It transported me into the magical world of ‘Samantha’ played by Elizabeth Montgomery and I wanted to be a part of that magic. That’s when I realized I wanted to act.
Who are your favourite actors?
Tom Hardy is edgy and unpredictable. Meryl Streep is a chameleon and Sean Penn is volatile.
Favourite movie quote?
‘What we have here is a failure to communicate’
Cool Hand Luke
‘I believe that whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you stranger’
The Dark Knight
What’s the toughest part about acting?
Getting the work
Your best advice to aspiring actors?
– Preparation meets opportunity!
– Just when you think you know it all, take another course.
– Be on time and know your lines!