I said, ‘I want to be an actress.’ They said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’ My mother thought that I should be a barrister or a doctor, but I probably wasn’t clever enough to be a barrister. Then I went to teacher training college, because that’s what they wanted me to do. So I didn’t ever train as an actress. I was desperate to go to an acting school but I couldn’t because I couldn’t get a grant. I’m really glad I didn’t go now. I wanted to go because I wanted to hang with the drama students, I thought they were so cool. I think it’s the same with art schools. You’re with a lot of people who are very competitive yet very insecure, you’re with a lot of teachers who don’t know what they’re doing anyway.
‘The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoffrey Rush’ Exhibition Media Preview (July 5, 2013)
The exhibition celebrates one of Australia’s best-known actors. Featuring costumes, photographs, moving image and personal items, the exhibition highlights roles created by Geoffrey Rush in plays including Exit the King, The Diary of a Madman and The Importance of Being Earnest, and in films such as Shine, Quills, Pirates of the Caribbean and The King’s Speech.