Another Aussie in LA
Join Ansuya Nathan as she navigates the city of Angels, chatting to some of the shiniest Aussies in L.A., sharing their tales of living, working and playing on this side of the globe.

The ever affable Daniel MacPherson talks to me at length despite his dirty hangover. He shares his thoughts on starting again in LA, his athlete aspirations ie. working towards being an Ironman - not the steel suit but the speedo wearing kind - and the crazy trajectory that his career has taken since being discovered. What can I say - He's a top bloke! Not that anyone EVER doubted that. Though he may want to take some immune system support thingys... As I've learnt from his stories, too much hard work can make you sick. Let that be a lesson to the young. 

Direct download: Daniel_MacPherson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm PST

The ante is upped in this chat with actress Bojana Novakovic. She discusses her physical aversion to the City of Angels, working with Sam Raimi and Rolf De Heer, not getting a part in Rake and THEN getting a part in Rake, snot, sex and public blind dates. We share our mutual respect for Australia Post and secrets on how to create chemistry with someone you don't necessarily have chemistry with... She doesn't let me get away with ANYTHING. And thank f**k for that. WARNING: this podcast might contain slightly too much information.

Direct download: Bojana_Novakovic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

Love Reality TV? Then you'll love this chat with Aimees Durrant - self taught whiz-bang editor of such shows as THe Block, 20:1, Face Off and Hell's Kitchen. We talk about how difficult it is to order a sandwich in this town, tight turnarounds (*ahem*), US budgets vs Oz budgets - no surprises there! - my burgeoning addiction to Syfy's Face Off, the satisfaction of working on the first season of a show and the overwhelming impulse to punch people in the face. I learn editor speak AND, most importantly, where to get lamingtons in LA. Ah, bliss! 

Direct download: Aimee_Durrant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm PST

Holy pop culture, Batman! It's Maude Garrett – gamer, geek and other things beginning with 'g'. We discuss the ways our faces betray us, vampire books, blind people, what make a good interviewee as well as a bad one, how she will forever be known as phlegm girl to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and we bond over our odd names and the way Americans say them. My love for Dave Grohl grows – EXPONENTIALLY! And, Zelda. There is talk of Zelda. 

Direct download: Maude_Garrett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59am PST

Here's Felicity Ward! This chat comes directly to you from Flick's air bnb bed. In between the dueling coughs, we talk about the beginnings of her career, ironic boganism, the weirdness of LA, the awesomeness of Americans, comedy show's with heart, people taking a punt on you and she describes herself as industrious. Agreed! We eat milk duds and Flick drops some MAJOR names… Yup, all in a days werq! 

Direct download: Felicity_Ward.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm PST

Many questions for Josh Lawson... We cover the importance of improv to keep things alive on set, the ups and downs of his various pilot season experiences, why he wants to give NY a shot and his love for low budget indies. And the ACCTAs get a right serving for their lack of respect towards TV comedy. Right! I'm off to write an angry letter. 

Direct download: Josh_Lawson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm PST

It's pilot season here in Hollywood! So Anna Lise and I talk about her highly successful experience with it last year. Thus, NBC's Revolution is discussed at length. Honorable mentions also go to dying on screen, method acting, the self-reliance of American actors and self testing.  And everything – I mean, EVERYTHING – is extraordinary. 

Direct download: Anna_Lise_Phillips.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm PST

Meet James Mitchell, a net-savvy content creator and head of production at 4WT Media.  In this episode, we discuss feeding the beast that is the internet, working with super-human-acting-machine Matt Damon, being dedicated to You Tube, Prometheus (yay!) and real life treasure hunts. James turns the tables on me and asks me questions too… Hmmmm…

Direct download: James_Mitchell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm PST

Kimberley and I have a good old natter about the importance of being a human above and beyond being an actor, what she learnt by watching Ryan Kwanten on set, the housewives sub-genre in reality TV, breaking news that is neither really breaking or really news and all manner of things Home and Away. I out myself as a Harry Potter fan and demonstrate my lack of comprehension when it comes to sport. Excellent! Oh, and there are puppy interruptions...

Direct download: Kimberley_Cooper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm PST

Caro visits LA for a couple of days. We chat about Aussie procedurals vs. US ones, detectives in hot tubs, Renaissance man James Franco, youth ambassadors for Australia, soapy donuts and Yes, Prime Minister. We reminisce about the ol' days at drama school and she uses a couple of big words that I don't know... Just the usual. 

Direct download: Caroline_Craig.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm PST