Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Australian actress and singer- Sheridan Morris-Flynn.
Growing up in Australia, how and when did you first get into performing?
I first started performing when I was 4 years old. I started acting at a professional theatre company when I was 8 and haven’t stopped. I landed my first commercial not long after. I’m not sure if I found acting, or acting found me — but I’ve been in love with it ever since I can remember. I remember watching films when I was younger and imagining what it would be like to be on set, breaking down and analysing scripts, creating characters. I’d watch films with the commentary on, then go straight to watching all the behind the scenes footage. Performing was something I knew I had to do, there was absolutely no question about it.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspiration is my family. They’ve always taught me to follow your heart and work hard. Some of my biggest celebrity inspirations include; Meryl Streep, Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet and lately, Jessica Chastain.
What kind have training have you done?
I’ve been doing theatre since a very young age. I’ve tried my hand at many performing arts including dancing, singing and music. As much as I love all of them, my passion is acting. I studied with professional film teachers from around the age of 14 – 16. I studied at NIDA, Screen Actors Australia, MooreGrace Acting Studios and now and graduated from the world famous Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I find something to love in all my characters and I lose myself in that. The character that challenged me the most was ‘Chicky’, a gritty drug addict that I played for a short film. The research that went into that was eye-opening, heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. It was incredible to work on a character completely different to anything I’ve ever experienced.
What do you like the most about LA?
Acting in LA has always been my dream. It was something that I was always focused on and was determined to achieve. I traveled over there with a group of friends and fell in love. I then came back with my acting class and studied at ‘Stella Adler’ for a week. The director of the school then went to Australia and taught an intensive weekend workshop. Much to my surprise, out of that, I was offered a full scholarship and within 6 months, I was living in LA. It came about really suddenly and I just grabbed the opportunity and ran with it. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever done.
What projects do you have coming up?
I’ve currently got a couple of short films lined up that I can’t wait to get started on. I’m working with a phenomenal cast and crew on a feature film in Los Angeles, also. I’ve got a commercial lined up in Australia as well as a short film and a couple of photo shoots.
Who would be your ideal co-star?
My ideal co-star? There are so many. To shorten the list though, it’d be anyone that I mentioned above, Jennifer Lawrence, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Johnny Depp or Daniel Day Lewis. That’s not really a short list, is it?
What are your plans for the future?
Ideally, I want to work in between Australia and Los Angeles. I want to keep working on characters and projects that I’m passionate about. I’m always going to be acting, always pushing myself. I have a few actors that I know, that I would love to collaborate with, to write and shoot some work with.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Go for it! I know that sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. If you have a passion, you just have to chase it. Grab any opportunity you can, work and learn as much as you can. Never stop learning. It’s going to be tough, but it’ll be worth it.