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Celia Pacquola, Australian Comedian, Writer, TV and movie Actor on forging your own creative path

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Giants, this is episode #84 – today’s guest is an Australian Comedian, Writer, TV and movie Actor – and Dancing With The Stars Australia – 2020 winner. Winning the mirrorball trophy and $50,000 for her charity, the Safe Steps Family Violence and Support Centre. She is in fact the first Comedian I’ve interviewed on the show. And has brought so much joy and laughter to millions of households.


She won the Best Supporting Actress at the AACTA awards (The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for her role as Dolly Faraday in the acclaimed ABC1 drama ‘The Beautiful Lie’. She’s also starred in the award-winning TV series ‘Laid’, Logie Award winning drama ‘Offspring’ and in all five seasons of Working Dog’s show ‘Utopia’, for which she won another AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy in 2015.

Comedy audiences would also know her from her appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Project and is a regular on the hilarious show; ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ one of my favourites. Internationally, she’s been a guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Chelsea Lately and The Rob Brydon Show.

In 2016 she also co-created, co-wrote and starred in the smash hit comedy Rosehaven with Luke McGregor, for which she won the 2017 award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy at the AACTAs, has been nominated twice for Most Popular Actress at the Logies, as well as two nominations for her writing at the AWGIEs (Australian Writers Guild). Season five of Rosehaven by the way, is out now – definitely give it a watch, it is brilliant.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How she grew up, including her big break
  • Her creative writing process
  • How she manages the different hats (on and off the stage)
  • And very candidly and vulnerably, shares some of her experiences with anxiety, depression and all things mental health and wellness from her vantage point..


So if you’re someone that’s interested in unpacking the journey of a high-performing, multi-faceted creative professional, in a way that might help you forge your own creative identity – and want to listen to something both funny and real, then this episode is for you.

Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.


Alright, on with the show.

I present to you … the quick-witted, courageous and insanely talented … Celia Pacquola!



More on Celia can be found via the links below:

Celia on IMDB

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.



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