February 2005 and Eva Orner was doing it tough. She’d endured a long New York winter marked by blizzards and heavy snows, new in town, out of work, low on friends and short on cash. But one of her few buddies, someone she’d met back home in Melbourne, invited her to an Oscars party at his apartment in Tribeca. There, with Ground Zero out the window and A-list glamour on the TV, a dozen thirtysomethings sat on the floor with Indian takeaway on their laps and watched Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank and Cate Blanchett scoop the pool. “We all had to put in $50 for an Oscars sweep,” says Orner. “I was like, ‘My God, 50 bucks!’ ” But she won, and walked out with $600 to put towards the rent of her studio apartment eight blocks away. “I was so happy,” she says. “It was really handy.”
She's charismatic, quirky and talented. It was a pleasure to dip into the world of actor Kerry Armstrong for this 2008 Good Weekend profile. As of 2018, Kerry is back in the public eye as one of the stars of I'm a A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.
Warlow waged war, Prior found true love and Quast sought vengeance, but all stood up and took their chance in a production that revolutionised musical theatre. As Les Miserables prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in London, the original Australian cast leads tell Dani Valent how the show changed their lives.