Interviews

Sarah Knight

How to tap into the life-changing magic of not giving a f--k

Once you've made the leap to saving your precious mental energy for only the things you're enthusiastic about, the results can be powerful, says author Sarah Knight.

Nicole Elphick   A new self-help book about learning how to stop wasting time, money and brainpower on things you don't even care about is taking the world by storm for a good reason, says its author.

Saoirse Ronan: 'I want to see female relationships on screen that are authentic'

Refreshingly down to earth: Saoirse Ronan

Jane Cornwell   Saoirse Ronan is only 21 but already has two Oscar nominations under her belt. Here's why you need to learn how to pronounce her name.

What I know about women

Francois Nars.

Robyn Doreian   Photographer and make-up artist Francois Nars reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

What I know about women

Molly Meldrum.

by Jane Rocca   Molly Meldrum reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

Australian stories

Sun, sand and fun.

Jane Rocca   Well-known migrants tell what they found when they first arrived on our shores - the good, the bad and the surprising.

Rosie Batty

Tears, self-doubt and a year of living courageously

BOSS.  True Leaders Feature.  Attention Sam Bennett.  Portrait of Rosie Batty Australian of the Year in 2014.  Pic by Nic Walker at the Fairfax studio in Sydney.  Date 3rd August 2015.

Jenna Price   Huge self-doubt, total exhaustion; so much grief and the little bookshelf Rosie Batty has devoted to her son Luke.

Radha Mitchell on her new Australian project, 'Looking for Grace'

"I like stories about living with life as it is": Radha Mitchell.

Brigid Delaney   Radha Mitchell, 41, plays the mother of a teenage runaway, in the new Australian film by Sue Brook.

The very private life of Radha Mitchell

Air of intrigue: Radha Mitchell.

Brigid Delaney   Despite building an impressive career in Hollywood for the past two decades, Radha Mitchell flies under the radar. And that's just the way she likes it.

What I know about men

"I have always had great friendships and working relationships with men": Mary Coustas.

Jane Rocca   Comedy performer Mary Coustas reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Benjamin Law

'Time plus tragedy equals comedy': Benjamin Law on writing a TV show about his childhood

Trystan Go plays the part of Benjamin in 'The Family Law'.

Chloe Papas   'The Family Law' is about growing up gay and Asian in '90s Queensland as his parents' marriage fell apart. And it's hilarious.

Sloane Crosley

'Don't try so hard': Essayist Sloane Crosley on humour and writing her first novel

Sloane Crosley

Nicole Elphick   The writer who came to fame with her hilarious essay collection 'I Was Told There'd Be Cake' has written a novel exploring the modern-day late-quarter-life-crisis.

Flower child

"I'm excited about portraying strong women who have a voice": Teresa Palmer.

Elaine Lipworth   Hollywood is enough to make any actor guarded and defensive but Australian Teresa Palmer is cut from a different cloth. She invites Elaine Lipworth into her home for a heartfelt talk about what matters most to her.

What I know about men

"Your relationship with yourself is the most important one": Camilla Franks.

Jane Rocca   Fashion designer Camilla Franks reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Dawn French

Dawn French opens up about her father's suicide, a cancer scare and finding love again

Dawn French: her one-woman show is a frenzy of physical comedy.

Jane Wheatley   Buckle up - the irrepressible Dawn French is bringing her one-woman show to Australia. Jane Wheatley meets her in London.

What I know about women

"I never thought I would get married, let alone that I would do it that fast."

Jane Rocca   Cameron Daddo reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

Suffragette

Dr Helen Pankhurst on 'Suffragette' and global feminism: 'It's wonderful that this film is creating a discussion'

Helen Pankhurst, great-grandaughter of the famous suffragette Emily Pankhurst.

Alecia Simmonds   Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-grand daughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, discusses the upcoming film and feminism today.

Sigrid Thornton

'There is no endgame': Sigrid Thornton on a life embracing change

Sigrid Thornton photographed at home in Melbourne. Photography by James Geer. Hair and make-up by Dante Amato.

Karl Quinn   Actor Sigrid Thornton is seared into public memory for a series of iconic roles. But she just keeps reinventing herself.

The Sigrid factor

Sigrid Thornton photographed at home in Melbourne. Photography by James Geer. Hair and make-up by Dante Amato.

Karl Quinn   Actor Sigrid Thornton is seared into public memory for a series of iconic roles. But she just keeps reinventing herself.

What I know about women

"In science, basically women have to be twice as good just to be good": Dr Karl.

Interview by Robyn Doreian   Dr Karl Kruszelnicki reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

What I know about women

"It is possible to meet the love of your life at a dance party": David Guetta.

Jane Rocca   DJ and producer David Guetta reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

'Why does tragedy have to be cathartic or redemptive?'

Meghan Daum is fearless when it comes to flaying long-held cultural taboos.

Neha Kale   Author Meghan Daum on what pushes her to challenge cultural taboos in her work.

Adele: I always feel like this is going to turn out to be a hidden-camera show

Before US Vogue editor Anna Wintour gave her a makeover that even Cinderella would be envious of, Adele let her voice do the talking, while her image took a backseat.

Erin O'Dwyer   After a four-year hiatus, Adele is back and in fine voice. She talks motherhood, fame and her new album in this exclusive Australian interview with Erin O'Dwyer.

Age of Adele

Adele.

Erin O'Dwyer   After a four-year hiatus, Adele is back and in fine voice. She talks motherhood, fame and her new album in this exclusive Australian interview with Erin O'Dwyer.

What I know about women

"I don't view myself as a particularly good catch. I'm all right. I'm a good egg. I'm a good person": Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff

Robyn Doreian   Cricketer Andrew Flintoff reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

Femmo heroes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Gloria Steinem on the unending fight for women's rights

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, left, and Gloria Steinem in Justice Ginsburg’s chambers in the Supreme Court.

Philip Galanes   The two longtime friends and women's rights heroes discuss everything from rap names to the moments that spurred them to action.

Family guy

Chris Hemsworth with wife Elsa Pataky and their children, India Rose and twins Tristan and Sasha.

Erin O'Dwyer   Chris Hemsworth has the movie industry at his feet. So why has he decided to make his home in Australia?

What I know about men

Good marriages take time. There are times when it's fabulous and times when it's not.

Jane Rocca   Rachel Gilbert reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Bidhya Bhandari

Meet Bidhya Bhandari, Nepal's first female president

Nepal's first elected woman President Bidhya Bhandari waves  at parliament in Kathmandu in October.

Gopal Sharma   "People still think women should only do household work. They are still mistreated, discriminated against and insulted." Bidya Bhandari hopes her presidency will change that.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett follows no one's star but her own

Feeling reflective: Courtney Barnett's conversational songs, often about unusual 
or everyday topics, have earned her a devoted international following.

David Leser   Courtney Barnett is the biggest thing in Australian music at the moment. And she's found fame by following no one's star but her own.

What I know about women

"Hats needn't be extravagant, it's all about the woman wearing them": Stephen Jones.

Jane Rocca   Milliner Stephen Jones reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

What I know about men

"Having my sons has made me understand men a lot better": Justine Clarke.

Jane Rocca   Actor Justine Clarke reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Monica Bellucci

Is James Bond ready for a grown woman?

"When Sam told me I'd be playing opposite Bond, I laughed."

Jane Cornwell   Playing opposite James Bond is a job for a woman, not a girl, and Italian actor Monica Bellucci is more than a match for secret agent 007.

What I know about men

Comedian Josh Thomas discusses homophobia in the gay community

"I did a lot of silly things as a teenager; one of them was having sex with girls."

Paul Connolly   Comedian Josh Thomas reflects on his relationships with the important men in his life.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek: Women suffer from 'this terrible lie that age 50 is like falling off a cliff'

Frivolity and earthiness: Salma Hayek.

Erin O'Dwyer   The spirited Salma Hayek is as much at home down on the farm as she is on the red carpet. She talks about movies, motherhood and how she doesn't give a toss about turning 50.

What I know about women

Kerryn Phelps: "Jackie has taught me what unconditional love is about."

Paul Connolly   GP Kerryn Phelps, 57, reflects on her relationships with the important women in her life.

An independent woman

Frivolity and earthiness: Salma Hayek.

Erin O'Dwyer   The spirited Salma Hayek is as much at home down on the farm as she is on the red carpet. She talks about movies, motherhood and how she doesn't give a toss about turning 50.

Miss You Already

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette on 'Miss You Already' and their off-screen friendship

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in <i>Miss You Already</i>.

Rob Moran   We would kill to do karaoke with these guys.

Toni Collette: 'It's so expected for me to play the supportive role. I'm switching'

Toni Collette, not "super-duper famous".

michael idato   She has a career peppered with great character roles. Now, Michael Idato meets the private Toni Collette.

What I know about men

"Dad believed the arts should bring joy and clarity and empathy and be thought-provoking."

Paul Connolly   Noni Hazlehurst reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Out of character

Toni Collette, not "super-duper famous".

She has a career peppered with great character roles. Now, Michael Idato meets the private Toni Collette.

'I've not quite done my time yet'

Sarah Snook photographed for Sunday Life by Hugh Stewart.
Images are available for ongoing use by Fairfax media but no syndication.

SL - sept 20

Erin O'Dwyer   Australian actor Sarah Snook is not yet a household name, but a slew of heavyweight films is about to launch her into the fame orbit.

Watch this face

Sarah Snook photographed for Sunday Life by Hugh Stewart.
Images are available for ongoing use by Fairfax media but no syndication.

SL - sept 20

Erin O'Dwyer   Australian actor Sarah Snook is not yet a household name, but a slew of heavyweight films is about to launch her into the fame orbit.

What I know about men

"My parents showed me that despite not being together, they could provide a loving family situation for me": Coco Rocha.

Model Coco Rocha reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Alexa Chung: 'No one is as happy as they seem on Instagram'

Alexa Chung at the New York Fashion Week.

Kate Finnigan   "I'll say [to my friends], 'Wow, that looked amazing!' and they'll be like, 'Nah, it wasn't.' I tell them, 'You need to stop putting that stuff up because it looks perfect.'"

What I know about women

Martin Grant.

Jane Rocca   Fashion designer Martin Grant reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

Alexa grows up

Alexa Chung.

Hers is a life of front rows, famous friends and rock-star romances. But also kitchen disasters and Starbucks meltdowns. Kate Finnigan talks to a philosophical Alexa Chung.

Ricki And The Flash

Mamie Gummer on working with mum Meryl Streep: "She had a much bigger trailer than I did, which was a problem"

Mamie Gummer (Julie) and Meryl Streep (Ricki) in <i>Ricki And The Flash</i>.

Rob Moran   We caught up with Mamie ahead of the release of her new movie with her mum, Ricki And The Flash.

What I know about women

"Relationships are like a dance": Akira Isogawa.

Jane Rocca   Fashion designer Akira Isogawa reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

What I know about women

"The first night I spent with my wife, Barbara, is the only first night with a woman I remember": Rick Springfield.

Robyn Doreian   Rick Springfield reflects on his relationships with the significant women in his life.

Returning fire

Rowe with her daughters Giselle, 6 (left), and Allegra, 8.

Rosemarie Milsom   Jessica Rowe has endured a challenging childhood, personal setbacks and public humiliation. But she won't be kept down. Rosemarie Milsom tells how she got back onto centre court.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock: I had a dream of getting into space one day

Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Nicole Elphick   Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock on why women should dream big in science.

What I know about women

Louis de Bernières.

Bernadette Clohesy   Novelist Louis de Bernières reflects on his relationships with the significant women in his life.

The renegade

Parker Posey attends the <i>Irrational Man</i> premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Josephine Tovey   Parker Posey, the queen of '90s Indie films, thought her career had flatlined – but then Woody Allen came knocking.

Songlines

"Deep down I always knew I'd go back to music": Natalie Imbruglia has an album due out in September.

Jane Cornwell   After a self-imposed musical hiatus, Natalie Imbruglia is ready to re-enter the spotlight - but on her own terms. By Jane Cornwell.

What I know about women

Jonathan Brown.

Robyn Doreian   Jonathan Brown reflects on his relationships with the women in his life.

What I know about men

Rafael Bonachela.

Robyn Doreian   Rafael Bonachela reflects on his relationships with the men in his life.

La dolce vita

Silvia Colloca's secret ingredient for the sweet life

Sharing Italy: Silvia Colloca, in a dress by Alex Perry, tucks into some traditional fare.

Erin O'Dwyer   She learnt to cook at her Nonna's knee, but Silvia Colloca was an actress and an opera singer long before she found her fame in food.

What I know about women

Kylie Kwong.

Robyn Doreian   Chef Kylie Kwong reflects on the significant women in her life.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer: ‘It was fun being called racist. It was nice to have a break from being called fat for a while’

Amy Schumer at the <i>Trainwreck</i> Australian premiere.

Rob Moran   We chatted to Amy Schumer about Trainwreck, backlash, and no-BS dating.