Interviews

Deepti Kapoor

Author Deepti Kapoor on the gender revolution in India: 'Girls don't care about old traditions'

Author Deepti Kapoor.

Neha Kale   The award-winning author talks stereotypes, generational freedom and the cross-cultural appeal of Tinder hookups ahead of her Sydney Writers Festival appearance.

Linda Tirado

Is Australia going the way of Trump's America?

Linda Tirado

Jenna Price   Linda Tirado is in Australia for the Anti-Poverty Network's conference, but she wants to stay and cover the election from the eyes of a survivor of the US class war.

My other mother

"Over a childhood we both healed and wrangled our relationship and she became, as mothers do, the most important person ...

In 1965, a young unmarried mother gives birth to a child who is adopted out. Reunited after almost 50 years, Robin Leuba and Susannah McFarlane tell their stories.

Feminist icon

Gloria Steinem: What I know about men

Gloria Steinem.

Robyn Doreian   "I wasn't being taken seriously because I was female. In some cases, if I was interviewing someone, they assumed I wasn't too bright."

Smart cookie

Life of Poh.

Erin O'Dwyer   From food show finalist to cook extraordinaire and now restaurateur, Poh Ling Yeow puts her success down to passion and hard work.

What I know about men

"Sometimes I can be too masculine. I can be the wise guy and I have to bite my tongue": Cyndi Lauper.

Singer Cyndi Lauper reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Va va vroom

Danielle Cormack.

Rosemarie Milsom   With starring roles in two hit TV series, Danielle Cormack is living life in the fast lane - which is just how she likes it.

What I know about men

"There is a code of honour that goes with marriage": Kerry Armstrong

Jane Rocca   Actress Kerry Armstrong reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

What I know about men

"I am stupidly optimistic like my dad": Belinda Giblin.

Actress Belinda Giblin reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

What I know about men

"I never want to get married. It scares me": Caroline de Maigret.

Jane Rocca   Model Caroline de Maigret reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

What I know about men

"Men like to nurture you": Catherine Britt.

Jane Rocca   Musician Catherine Britt reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

Rocky's girls

The Stallone daughters (from left) Scarlet, Sistine and Sophia.

Celia Walden   The Stallone family have been hailed as "the ultimate glam squad" but when Celia Walden visits them in Los Angeles she finds the actor's three daughters are power-punching tomboys who keep their father firmly under control.

What I know about women

"Being a nerd is actually 'in' right now, so at last my nerdy self can come out strong": Josh Groban.

Bernadette Clohesy   Musician Josh Groban reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

What I know about women

Old-school romantic: Joel Creasey.

Interview by Jane Rocca   Comedian Joel Creasey reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

What I know about women

"I am inspired by strong, fearless women": Dion Lee.

Interview by Jane Rocca   Fashion designer Dion Lee reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

Miranda Otto

Miranda Otto's moment of truth

Miranda Otto has been in the collective consciousness since she appeared as a 19-year-old in her first feature film, ...

David Leser   Miranda Otto may be Australia's not-yet-fully-realised real deal, but her star just keeps rising in Hollywood.

Truth seeker

Miranda Otto has been in the collective consciousness since she appeared as a 19-year-old in her first feature film, ...

David Leser   Miranda Otto's star just keeps rising in Hollywood. She talks to David Leser about re-imagining Ibsen, family, and the power of secrets.

What I know about women

"I am terribly, terribly happy with my wife": Michael Mosley.

as told to Robyn Doreian   Science journalist Michael Mosley reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

The entertainer

Miranda wears Hugo Boss jacket, $1399, and pants, $559, hugoboss.com; Giorgio Armani tuxedo shirt, $1450, (02) 8233 ...

Erin O'Dwyer   Miranda Tapsell's childhood dreams of performing didn't come true overnight. Yet now, some strangers cry when they meet her.

What I know about women

"I have always been attracted to women who didn't want to be wallflowers."

Jane Rocca   TV presenter Andrew O'Keefe reflects on his relationships with the important women in his life.

Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins: 'I was a relationship addict for a long time'

"I liked people who had experienced the dark side": Missy Higgins.

Jane Rocca   Singer-songwriter Missy Higgins reflects on her relationships with the important men and women in her life.

A fairytale ending for Lady Edith?

A hipster at heart: actor Laura Carmichael.

Judith Woods   Downton Abbey's middle sister Edith has long been overshadowed by beautiful Mary and big-hearted Sybil. Will she finally get her happy-ever-after? Actor Laura Carmichael talks to a super-curious Judith Woods.

What I know about men

"I liked people who had experienced the dark side": Missy Higgins.

Jane Rocca   Singer-songwriter Missy Higgins reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

How they met

Bradley Cocks and Collette Dinnigan.

Jane Rocca   Jane Rocca finds out how four relationships got their start ... and why they are still flourishing today.

Iris Apfel

'More is more and less is a bore'

"Retirement is a fate worse than death": Iris Apfel.

Josephine Tovey   Why this one 'rare bird' isn't buying in to the decluttering movement.

Rare bird

Iris wears merino wool wrap scarf, wool vest, printed silk shirt and pants, all from Blue Illusion. Accessories, Iris's own

Josephine Tovey   More is more, and less is a bore: meet 94-year-old fashion icon and avid collector Iris Apfel.

What I know about men

"I believe in a soul partner": Anastacia.

Jane Rocca   Musician Anastacia reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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" ...

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 ...

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.