Q&A with Danielle Cormack

17:00, Jun 15 2013
BUY GOOGLE: Danielle Cormack gives some advice to her teenage self.

If you could change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be?

The issue of binding and non-binding referendums.Whether we like the outcome of a referendum or not, they should be binding, otherwise it's just a huge waste of time and money.

What song gets you on the dance floor?

A couple of champagnes and a little shot of premium Tequila usually does the trick.

What's your comfort food?

Serial telly. So satiating. I'm about to devour Breaking Bad.

When did you last get in a fight?

Last week, with my two children. The Cormack World Wrestling Federation Grand Slam. All fun and games until my three-yearold knocked out my front tooth.

Who should be leading the country?

Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan (Monday-Friday). Dave Fane (Saturday-Sunday). Frivolous  know, but if I was living in New Zealand I'd prefer to be led by people I like listening to.

Dawn or dusk?

Dawn in the winter/autumn; dusk in the summer/spring.

Have you ever done anything illegal?


NO, your honour. I swear it wasn't me. It was the other girl.

What's something you disapprove of?

Abuse of any kind: physical, verbal, emotional, sexual. Especially involving children.

When was the last time you cried?

Last week when my three-year old knocked out my tooth. Not from the pain, but from the thought of the dentist's bill. I suggested we all take a break from wrestling and watch a movie. We watched ET which made me cry again.

Do you have a party trick? I really like break dancing. Of course I completely fail at it, but busting out a backspin in the middle of a dance floor is my speciality.

If you could live in a 'book world' which would it be? Cat in the Hat.

Tell us about the best year of your life. Happening right now. Living in a great city, working on projects that mean a lot to me, surrounded by superb people.

What's your favourite ice cream flavour? Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst, Sydney, has the best ice cream in the world. Myfavourite flavour is called 'The Boss' Wife'. It has everything in it.

Which websites do you read everyday? Mother Jones. Then Twitter (it has all the links and websites I follow en masse) and the obligatory time waster, Facebook.

Give your teenaged self some advice. "By all means follow your dreams, but buy as many shares as you can in a company called GOOGLE!"

Your grooming routine? Shower. Condition hair. Struggle to get comb through hair. Exhaust myself. Get out. Moisturise all over. Clean teeth. Yes, I know I should floss every day. EPIC fail.

The last thing you declared going through Customs? I make a point of not travelling with anything declarable but I was recently caught with a rogue rotten banana in the bottom of child's backpack. I might as well have been travelling with a bomb.

The last thing you spent more than $100 on? Having a tattoo removed. A very painful $110.

What happens when we die? We hopefully live on in the hearts of our friends and family while they fight over who owns your record collection or leather jacket.

Danielle Cormack stars in Wentworth (Mondays at 9.30pm on TV2), an Australian drama described as a "contemporary re-imagining" of television classic Prisoner.

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