Thursday, December 18, 2014

Georgie Parker

Today I'm going to learn about the actress Georgie Parker. Though I actually thought her name was Georgina Parker.  Google cleared that up for me.

I recently watched Georgie Parker on the first season of All Saints.  I'm pretty sure she's on the show beyond the first season, but I'm not sure how long she lasts.  A while back, I watched one of the later seasons (10, maybe?) and I don't remember seeing her then. So I'm pretty sure she left earlier than that.

I think Parker was also on Home and Away.  Or she's still on it. If I'm right about that..I think she plays the second regeneration of Roo Stewart. I'm like 99.5% sure I'm right about this. But I could be mixing up Parker with someone else.

Anyway...let me start my research.  Then the unsureness I'm feeling might disappear.

I'll start with Parker's biography on IMDb.

Well, according to IMDb, I'm right about something I thought I was wrong about. They say Parker's birth name was Georgina.

She was born in Sydney on December 16, 1964.  Her birthday was three days ago.  Her 50th birthday! We're all getting so old.

I see here that Parker was/is on Home and Away.  Though I still don't know if she played Roo Stewart. I'll find that out soon. Not now. I like to keep myself in suspense.

Parker is married to a man named Steve Worland. This year they would have celebrated their 20th anniversary.

Worland has done some writing and acting.  He and Parker have a daughter named Holly.

And last here on the bio....Parker wanted to be a dancer, but she had scoliosis, so that made it difficult for her to go professional with the whole thing.

My episode of The Elephant Princess was about dancing today. It was a bit odd.  Alex finds out that her bratty self-absorbed sister Zoe has been lying about being the lead in a ballet performance of Alice in Wonderland.  It turns out Zoe's conceitedness is a mask to hide her insecurities.  Alex starts to feel bad for her sister, so she puts a magical spell on her shoes to make her dance really good.

But what was the point of all that? Once she stops wearing the shoes, she's going to go back to being a mediocre dancer. How's the spell going to help her in the long run? Besides that, they already had a similar storyline where Alex puts a spell on Kuru to make him popular.  In that episode, Alex learned such spells were more hurtful than helpful.  I guess she (and the writers) soon forgot that lesson.

In my opinion, it would have made more sense for Alex to put some kind of confidence spell on the shoes. Like the whole Dumbo's magic feather kind of thing.

Yeah. I should get back to Georgie Parker.

I'll look at her filmography now.

I remembered to do what I usually forgot to do—look at the section where they list times in which the actor appeared on things as themselves.   I'm not going to go over everything.  I'll just quickly mention some things that stand out to me.

Parker has been on Play School.  It says 2005 with no ending date. I'm not sure if she's a regular, or if she just makes occasional appearances.

And the other thing that stands out to me is that she was featured on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are. Maybe I'll find it online somewhere, and I can watch some of it later.

Well, here's a promo on YouTube. I'll watch that now.

Parker has some smart people in her ancestry, and a tragic family secret.

Okay. Now I'm going to go to the regular filmography part.

The first thing listed here is a 1988 TV movie called Reed Down Under.  Parker played a cabbie. I think it's usually American (and Maybe British as well?) that use the term "down under" when referring to Australia.  So I'm going guessing the movie might be not Australian.

Well, it's listed as being American and Australian.  It stars Lee Majors, who I'm pretty sure is an American actor. He was on a TV show.  Maybe he played Reed? Maybe this is a special movie for the TV show.

Let me look at his filmography.

Well, it looks like he's most famous for The Fall Guy, and his character wasn't named Reed there.

I guess this was a stand-alone movie thing.

I'm looking at random actors in Reed Down Under. Most seem to be Aussies.

The director and writer, though, are American.

Why am I reading so much into this movie, and Georgie Parker probably had a very tiny role in it.

But sometimes (for me, at least) the fun is going off on these tangents...learning random things.

I apologize if it's boring to people reading.  Though you can just skim past all of it.

Before I look at more of the filmography, I'll go over my usual disclaimer. I skip over one time appearances on TV shows, unless it's one of the shows I watch or watched.  I also tend to skip over movies if I can't find enough about it...meaning the only proof of its existence seems to be IMDb.

Anyway, moving on....

In 1988, Parker was in three other movies. And she started work on a TV show.

I'll do the movies first.

She played a maid in a horror movie called The 13th Floor.

I was thinking this movie sounded kind of familar. I looked at the cast, and Miranda Otto is in it. I wonder if I looked at it when I did a post on her.

I'm tempted to try to watch a trailer for the movie, but I should probably skip it, since I doubt we'll see Parker.

The next movie on the filmography is Dadah is Death. I think I've written about this one recently.

I was wondering why.  It's Kerry Armstrong. She's in the movie.

It's one of those stories about Australians getting imprisoned in Asia for carrying drugs.

Parker did have a character name for this one. She played someone named Corine Johnstone.  I Googled her, and am not easily finding anything.

Parker was in Young Einstein!  I vaguely remember that movie. I think it was fairly popular in the US.  Parker didn't have a character name. She was just known as "country girl fan".  It kind of sounds like she is a fan of country girls, but I'm guessing they meant she is a girl that lives in the country, and she's a fan of the Einstein guy.

I'm going to watch the trailer.  Maybe Parker will be in it.

At :16, there's a country girl fan screaming. It doesn't look like Parker, though.

The TV show that Parker began working on in 1988 was A Country Practice.  She was on four episodes that year, of season 8.  She played a character named Barbara Gottlieb. '

Then she returned in season 9 as Sister Lucy Gardiner Tyler.  Unless Barbara and Lucy are the same people. Don't nuns change their name sometimes?  I'm assuming Lucy was a nun, which is kind of funny, because Parker also played a nun on All Saints. Talk about typecasting.

Parker had a big part in A Country Practice. She was Lucy for 262 episodes in seasons 9-12.

I thought maybe she was there for the ending of the show, but no. I see here that the show had thirteen seasons.

I'm looking at episode descriptions on the Australian television website.  Barbara was the former boyfriend of someone named Ben. For some reason, he's hospitalized, and she comes to take care of him.

Sister Lucy first appears in the episode "A Call To Arms".  From what I see on the Australian television website, Americans played the villains here. They plan to build a mine that will flood out the town.

It says that Lucy and Matt unearth an old diary.

I just googled Sister Lucy Tyler and ended up with a whole listing of porn videos.  Yikes.

I tried again, just doing Lucy and A Country Practice.  It seems she's more connected to the Gardiner name than Tyler.

There's a Country Practice website, and they have a whole page about Lucy.

In the first paragraph, I've learned she's a nurse. There's nothing yet about being nun. Maybe nurses are called sister even if they're not nuns?

Parker's character in All Saints, chooses the path of not having children.  Here she's forced down the path (at least biologically speaking). She gets Chlamydia, which scars her fallopian tubes.

These days I associate Chlamydia with koalas.

Lucy was bubbly and loves animals.

She fell in love with a guy named Matt. Their house was destroyed by a pyromaniac.

They were haunted by the ghost of a little girl named Erin.

Oh! It turns out that Lucy eventually did have a baby. She became one of those people who became very obsessed with fertility.  Luckily for her, the fighting for it paid off in the end.

There's pictures of Lucy here, and I'm wondering about Parker's ethnicity. She looks very Greek to me. Or maybe part Persian?

Here's a 1991 promo for A Country Practice. There's a little bit of Parker in it, but not much.

While searching for that,  though, YouTube pointed me in the direction of this Equal commercial featuring Parker.

My aunt would not appreciate the commercial. She's very much against aspartame.

In 1992, Parker was in ten episodes of a TV show called Acropolis Now.  It's about Greek people. But that doesn't necessarily mean I'm right about Parker being Greek. She might just LOOK like a Greek person.

Parker's character on the show was called Destina Hatzipapadopoulus.  I'm tempted to think that name is kind of satirical. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Greek people sometimes do have names that long.

Well, according to this genealogy website, there are people who have that name.

In 1994, Parker was on a TV show called Over the Hill. It's strange. I can't find much about it.  IMDb has only one actor listed, and that's Parker. They give no information on how long it was on for. But then the Australian television website has a page about it. Yet, that website usually gives episode descriptions, and for this show they don't.   They do provide more information than IMDb, though. They say the show had fourteen episodes. They also list the actors in the show besides Parker.

Wait. I see here that there IS a review on IMDb.  It's about a family who leaves the city to live in the country. So it's kind of like Sea Change, except instead of a beach town, they move to a country town.

In 1995, Parker played a firefighter on a TV show called Fire.  She starred in the first season, but not the second one.

Someone has uploaded the beginning of the first episode.

Parker climbs a very tall ladder for a drill.  Then she drops the fake person she was supposed to be rescuing.  It shows how one must be brave and strong to be a firefighter.  I have no idea if I'd be brave enough. I'm pretty damn sure I wouldn't be strong enough.

1998 is the year Parker started working on All Saints. She was on 307 episodes, and her last season was season eight.  I'm tempted to find out what happened to Sister Terri Sullivan, but I shouldn't.  I'll probably end up doing it, though.

Well, I can actually avoid it by simply not reading about her character.  Sorry, but I think I'm going to do that.  But I will say what I personally know. She's a nun.  Well, I guess I already said that.

What else....

She grew up in an abusive home.

One of her best friends is a psychiatrist. Terri was friends with him and his wife, but then sadly the wife died.  At the end of the first season, the psychiatrist was starting to realize he's a bit in love with Terri. That's kind of a problem, since she's a nun.  I wonder what happens with that.

Hopefully, I'll find out someday.

I'm still relying on to pick my TV shows for me. So far, it's not had me watching any next season of a show. I keep starting new things. That's fine, though.  I like the variety I'm getting. Right now I'm loving The Elephant Princess and Neighbours.

I'm going to move away from All Saints to avoid spoilers. The next thing on the filmography is The Man From Snowy River: Arena Spectacular. It was a 2003 musical.  Parker played the female lead.

Here's a video about it.

No never mind. That video's about something else—something to do with Beef Australia.

Lord Wiki says the show was a touring production. I guess someone filmed the production at one point. Or they made a movie version.

It's the former, not the latter.  Lord Wiki says that in 2003, they filmed a production of the show in Brisbane.  Then it was released on DVD on Australia Day.

In 2006, Parker was in three movies.

First was a movie starring Susan Sarandon called Irresistible.  Besides the American star, the movie seems pretty much Australian.  The movie was filmed in Melbourne, and the writer-director is Australian.

Lord Wiki has a long drawn out description of the whole plot. I'm not in the mood to read the whole thing.  It's a thriller, though.

Well, I skimmed some of it. Susan Sarandon plays someone who gets the idea there's someone intruding on her home—doing little things. I just read about the ending. It has a dark twist.

Here's the trailer for the movie.

Emily Blunt plays the intruder person in the movie.  I think Blunt is British, so Sarandon isn't the only non-Aussie in the film.

Oh! And Sam Neill is there as well.  So we also have a Kiwi.

I totally forgot I was looking at the trailer because of Georgie Parker, and I was surprised to see her. She's there at about :31.

I was curious about whether the movie got good or bad ratings. That reminded me that I wanted to see the ratings for the new Annie movie. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it's awful.  That's a bummer. I was hoping it might be good.

My interest in knowing the opinions about Irresistible has passed. So I'll move onto the next film.

We have The Society Murders. This is the one where Matthew La Nevez plays the guy who kills his parents.   Parker plays someone named Emma Connell.  Since her name and Parker's name are first on the credits, I thought it would be easy to find information on Connell. But I'm not easily finding anything.

Here....this entertainment website provides some insight. It seems Connell was one of the sisters of the murderer.

There's a picture here. I think maybe Parker is on the right.  I'm not 100% sure, because here she's blond and usually she's brunette.  I'm pretty sure it's her, though.

The other 2006 movie that featured Parker was a romantic comedy called Stepfather of the Bride. The ABC website has a description.  Basically it's about a wedding with many complications. For example, the best man also happens to be the stepbrother of the bride. That's not a huge deal, but he's also in love with his stepsister.

I don't think Parker played one of the main characters.

In 2008, Parker was in a TV movie called Emerald Falls.  Parker plays a woman who moves to the Blue Mountains after a divorce. She opens up a bed and breakfast.  That sounds fun.

I see now though that it's a crime mystery. So I'm betting it actually wasn't so fun.

I'm reading the plot. You know what. It sounds like a little bit. Bates Motel.  Both involve a mother and son moving to a new town, opening up a lodging type place, and a dead body is found.

Someone has uploaded a clip from the movie.  There's a party, and then police come and interrupt it.

Now there's a chase.

There's dancing scenes mixed with running among the gum trees.

Also, in 2008, Parker was in a science fiction drama called Scorched. So Australia DOES have some science fiction stuff not geared for children.  It's a global warming disaster type thing. There's a drought and that leads to a big fire.

Rachel Carpani from McLeod's Daughters is one of the stars.

Lord Wiki says the movie originally had another title —Strike Team.  This was used a decoy, because they worried the state wouldn't like the premise of the film.  What state? And why not?

Well, it was filmed in New South Wales. So I guess this was the state.

I'm reading about the plot. If I'm understanding this right, the Premier in the movie seems partly to blame, so that's probably why they worried that the New South Wales government wouldn't be pleased about the movie. the way, Parker played the Premier.  So I guess she's the villain.

Here's a trailer for the film. Carpani plays a reporter investigating all this drought drama.

I'm not sure if Parker's character is a evil type villain, or just someone who made a really bad decision.

This trailer is incredibly overdramatic and corny.

In 2010, Parker was in two episodes of the fourth season of City Homicide.

The information on IMDb doesn't match the information provided on the Australian television website. The latter has her episodes being in season three instead of four.

Also in 2010, Parker did voice work for an animated movie called Santa's Apprentice. It looks like it was a French-Australian type thing.  The official website has a page of the main characters. Parker's character (Mrs. Poulmer) isn't included, so I'm assuming she didn't have a huge role in the film.

Last, but definitely not least, on Parker's filmography is Home and Away.  And she does play Roo Stewart.  The last episode listed is from December 9, so I'm guessing she's still on the show.

I wonder what the second regeneration of Roo Stewart is like. The first Roo Stewart was played by Justine Clarke, and she too was on the first season of All Saints.  I don't remember her having any scenes with Parker, but I might have just forgotten.

Then again, it seems I would have noticed. Look, the two Roo Stewarts are talking to each other!  Though I wasn't positive that Parker played Roo Stewart.

Maybe I did know in the past, but then wasn't sure about it later. Sometimes I forget what I know and don't know.

The Back to the Bay website has a photo of Roo 1 and Roo 2.  In this case, I might look at spoilers. Because for now, Home and Away isn't on Hulu. So there's little chance, I'll get to find out on my own what happens.

It says here that Roo eventually reunites with the daughter (Martha) that she gave up for adoption.

This is VERY long.  Roo Stewart has had a very intense life.

I'm going to see if Lord Wiki has a shorter summary.

Yeah. He does.  The other was too long. And yes. Saying that makes me feel hypocritical.

Let's see....

When Roo returns to Summer Bay, it's discovered that she's broke.

Then she gets involved with Marilyn Chambers. Marilyn was on when I was watching.

Roo gets involved with Marilyn's man (Sid).  Though it seems, at least at first, Roo is reluctant to do so.

I'm finding Lord Wiki's description hard to follow as well.  I think it's one of those things where you have to "be there".  It's hard to describe TV and movie show plots sometimes.

Instead I'll watch some video clips from Home and Away that feature Parker.

Here's one with Roo getting sick.  She has vision problems, and then collapses. What would really be surreal is if she woke up at All Saints, and she saw medical staff that looked like her first self and her second self.

Here's a promo for the return of Roo Stewart.  Actually, it's multiple promos. In the first, Roo talks to herself and refers to herself by name. I think she does that, because otherwise people watching the promo would have no idea who she is.  Georgie Parker looks nothing like Justine Clarke.

As it stands now, I don't like Parker as Roo Stewart. I'm too attached to Clarke in the role. I do like Parker on All Saints, though.  And if I actually watched Home and Away, I'd probably get used to Parker.  Just like I thought I wouldn't like Matt Smith as the Doctor, and now I adore him.

Well, I'm all done with the filmography.

What should I do next?

I was going to look at an interview, but ended up with a visit to Lord Wiki instead.

There's some interesting stuff here.

First of all, Parker's husband Steve Worland writes action novels. Here's his website.  I wonder if they're traditionally published or self-published.

Well, he has a page on the Penguin website, so I guess they're the ones publishing his book.

Parker was in a Wiggles DVD called Racing to the Rainbow.

Here's part of it.  I'll see if I can find Parker anywhere.

Yep. She can be seen in the credits at :42.  She plays the Queen of the Rainbow.

I'm skipping through various parts of this to try to find her again.

The DVD is divided up into 8 or more clips.  I'm on the 7th, and still haven't found Parker.  Strangely, though...there are American football players here.

Well, I guess it's not that strange. It's just I'd expect to find Australian sports stars.

I give up. I'm not finding Parker. At least I got to see her in the credits.

Besides playing Roo Stewart, it turns out Parker has something else in common with Justine Clarke. They both have made children's music albums.

Parker's album is called Here Comes the Sun.  I think Clarke's music is mostly original compositions. Parker's album is made up of covers.

Here's a video for her version of "Here Comes the Sun".  I'm not sure how I feel about her singing voice.  At first I didn't like it. But it's starting to grow on me.

Lord Wiki has a list of Parker's Logie Awards.  She won some for both A Country Practice and All Saints.

In 2001 and 2002, she won for the most popular television personality. I'm wondering who won this year.  I think Asher Keddie won in recent years, but I'm not sure if she's still winning lately.

Lord Wiki says the winner of the most popular TV personality person is a guy named Scott Cam. I'm sad to say I've never heard of him. I'm not doing a good job being the American obsessed with Australia.

I just learned that Cam is from a reality tv program.  As someone who doesn't like reality TV, I can't say I'm pleased to know the most popular TV personality is coming from that type of show.

Lord Wiki says that in 2009, Parker's album was nominated for an ARIA award, but it lost to a Wiggles album.

Here's a video of Parker on Play School.  It features the Bananas in Pyjamas song. I didn't know there was a connection between the two shows. Or was it like a crossover thing?

I'm consulting Lord Wiki now. He says the show was inspired by a song from Play School. I didn't know that!  I think it's a fun piece of trivia, though.  I hope I don't forget it.

Here's an article about Parker. The title says she's not domestic, because she doesn't have time for it.

I have plenty of time, but I'm still not domestic. Though I do plan to vacuum a few rooms later.  And I unloaded the dishwasher this morning. That counts, right?

Parker says she never imagined being famous. She just wanted to work. I always find it hard to believe actors when say things like that.  The thing is, most of us are exposed to actor in the form of famous ones. So how can someone see all these famous actors, want to be an actor too, and not even remotely consider that fame might happen to them as well?

I totally understand having realistic expectations—understanding that many actors don't go beyond local theater and commercials. But still, having reasonable expectations is far different from NEVER dreaming big.

Parker seems eager to stress that fame isn't important to her.  Her awards are not in any special place around the house. They're kind of just scattered.  If I had a lot of awards, they'd probably be like that in my house as well.  I think I'd treasure my fame and success more than Parker. It's just I'm not very organized.

Also, I know of someone who has a whole room dedicated to their trophies and other awards. They have this, and then claim that the reason they aimed for all this success is for their children's benefit. If that was truly the case, I think the awards would be in the attic or thrown in drawers somewhere.

So I do prefer Parker's attitude towards her trophies. It's just she seems so adamant to prove that she doesn't care about fame.  I find it hard to believe. It makes me wonder. Then why star on a top soap opera and other top TV shows?  Why not just do local theater and teach drama school at a high school?

Parker had to wear a brace for her scoliosis.  I guess it didn't provide a 100% cure. She says her back is crooked.

I have back problems too—hunchback type thing.  I'm a bit self-conscious about it sometimes.  I'm a bit self conscious about a lot of things, though.

It says here that Parker's hours on Home and Away are from about six in the morning until eight at night.  That sounds exhausting. But I guess it's okay when someone loves the work. She seems to be happy there.

I'm wondering if I'd like being an actor. We were playing a game over Thanksgiving and one of the questions was what's our lifetime dream. I thought it was a bit silly, because who's had the same dream their whole life?  The only thing I could think of that I dreamed of when I was young, and sort of dream about now, is being an actor.

I think for me the big highlight is the fame. It's not like I want to not be able to go to the public library or Disney World without being attacked by fans.  I definitely treasure my privacy.  But I am somewhat hungry for attention.  It might be fun to have people actually care about my Twitter account.  I like the idea of saying dumb random things and having 50 people retweet it.

What about the actual acting, though?  Would I like it?  I did like acting when I was young.  I loved pretending to be different people.  I spend a lot of time in fantasy worlds.  Also, I stopped playing imagination type play at an older age than most people.  I think I stopped around 13, or so.  Maybe a lot of people, though, stopped at that age as well.  Maybe most of us just keep it hidden.  I don't know.

When Jack was younger, I did a lot of acting for and with him. I really loved that. And I loved acting via reading books aloud to him.

I wonder, though, about being on a set. First of all, I'd hate the long hours. I treasure my free time. Second, I'd worry the world of TV that I love would be shattered if I saw what happened between the scenes.

I do watch behind the scene stuff, but they probably only show you the fun and happy bits.  They're not going to show much of actors looking bored while waiting, missing your family, directors yelling at you, having to redo scenes twenty times, etc.  I'm not sure I could, or would want to, handle any of that.

Here's an old interview with Parker, from 2002—her All Saints days.

She's 162 centimeters. I just used a converter, and found she's about the same height as me.  I wonder if her back problems make her shorter. I think mine do.

Parker eats a lot of chocolate.  Or at least she did back in 2002.

I eat a lot of chocolate as well.

There's some stuff about Parker's childhood here.  Her mom supported Amnesty International. I'm not sure if Parker means her mom worked for them. Or volunteered. Or she just supported them.—financially and/or morally.

Her dad was a furniture manufacturer.

Her family traveled a lot.

She went to the school Abbotsleigh, where she learned she wasn't very academic.  She didn't do her homework.

It says here that she couldn't remember her own birthday or the months of the year. But she could memorize plays. That's odd. Not being able to memorize the months of the year make sense to me. But you're own birthday? Then again, the two are connected. Maybe she's really bad at dates...even extremely personal ones.

Parker had a pretty severe case of scoliosis. The nice thing is she says she was never ridiculed for it.  I imagine other people aren't as lucky.

She says in her teen years, she wasn't interested in boys, drinking, or partying. I  WAS interested in boys, but not the other two things.

Parker talks about the odd jobs she had while waiting for her acting career to work out. She says one of the things was dressing up as Mickey Mouse to sell Warner Brothers video. Why would Mickey Mouse try to sell Warner Brothers stuff?  I'm guessing she's thinking of the wrong mouse. Or something illegal was going on—some kind of copyright infringement.

There's an Enough Rope interview with Parker. I haven't read one of these in a long time.

It's from 2007.

It's funny. Her mother is interviewed to. She says for her daughter's first few Logie wins, she was extremely excited. Then it became a bit run of the mill for her.

Andrew Denton remarks that Parker seems very happy.  I got that feeling when I read the other articles/interviews. She seems to be full of happy energy...almost to a manic degree.

Parker says she was rejected from NIDA. The reason she gives is she was immature. I can strongly relate to both of those things. I'm often rejected, and I'm often immature.

Unlike Parker, though, I've not had the chance to gloat about any of my former rejections.  Not that she's least not outwardly. But she could if she wanted to.

I would really like to have reason to gloat.  I think, though, that for me, it's not about gloating to a school that rejected me, a publisher, an audition, etc. It's my dad. I dream of having a major singing or writing success, so I can gloat about him never showing much interest or faith in those activities of mine. Especially the singing. From my own ears and things I'm told by others, I'm pretty sure I am a very good singer.  But my dad rarely says anything positive about it—offers very little encouragement.  Yet he goes on an on about other people's singing talent.  I have fantasies of winning some major singing contest and then in the sob story part, talking about how my father never believed in me.

I don't think that will happen, though, because I tend to not sing so good when under pressure.

Well, I'm talking about it here, at least. Here on my blog I can tell my sob stories.

It doesn't really count, though, because people reading this are not hearing me sing. For all they know, my singing might be awful.  Maybe I'm delusional about my talent and all the people who compliment my singing are being fake and feeding into my delusions. Then again, my mom has given me huge compliments and she's actually a fairly negative and critical person.  Strangely, it's my dad who's the positive one, and he's stingy with compliments about my singing.

I'm really going off on a tangent here—once again, using my blog as therapy. I apologize to Georgie Parker fans who just want to learn about her.  Again...use your skimming skills.

Parker's mother talks about her daughter being eccentric. Then the examples she gives are the birthday and calendar thing.  She also says Parker couldn't read a clock. It sounds to me Parker she has a learning disability. Or as my sister would say, A learning DIFFERENCE.

Parker talks about how women are embarrassed of their age. She says, Why, why are women embarrassed about the age they are Andrew? And why are they embarrassed about all of the experience they’ve had and all, everything they have to offer? I think women are so conditioned by the media, and by other women essentially, ah that your physical self is a major part of what you have to offer the world and I’ve never bought into that, it really pisses me off frankly.

I like what she says there. I don't like the idea of people being ashamed of their age. Why does it have to be a dirty secret?

It's like on my birthday. Someone joked around and gave me a younger age. Maybe 39?  As if I'm one of those people who hated turning 40.

I'm fine with being 40, and I'll be fine with being 50. Sort of. I have to admit, a part of me misses being young.

I'm reading this book now about a woman with short term memory loss. Before I Go To Sleep.  This woman wakes up thinking she's in her 20's, and in reality she's close to 50.  It's hard for her to deal with the fact that she's not the young beautiful woman she imagines she is.

I can relate to that on a symbolic level. I feel I'm so much younger, mostly, because as I said before, I'm very immature.  For example, I still obsess over my parents and what they think of me.  I'm 42 and still have mommy-daddy issues.

I also regret what I didn't do in my 20's.  I always loved singing, but it wasn't until the last few years where I had confidence to sing in front of people outside a very limited circle.  If I had the confidence I have now (plus the internet) I might have actually had some success with my singing.

Career opportunities in artistic endeavors definitely shrink as you get past your thirties...especially if you're female.

Georgie Parker has had a very successful career, so I'm guessing it might be easier for her to age. Or maybe not.  Actresses and actors often lose attention as they get older.  So if that ever happens to her, she might feel differently.  For the last few decades, she's been on top of the world.  If you have a lot of fans, I think it would be easier to have confidence as you approach your fifties.  If you're an actress who was big in your twenties and thirties, but now you're not finding work, you might miss your youth.

I meant to mention this a few paragraphs earlier. I just saw that Before I Go To Sleep was made into a movie recently, starring Nicole Kidman.  I wonder if it was good. I'll have to watch the trailer when I'm done reading the book.

I'm looking at a Georgie Parker twitter account. It's confusing. The photo icon is of the actress, but then one of the Tweets says, Thanks for all the bday wishes..Unfortunately Im the wrong Georgie Parker! I wonder if the actress ever gets mistaken for a hockey player...?

I guess she put the picture up as a joke.

Here's Georgie Parker's Instagram account, and I think it's the right one.  She has close to 85 thousand followers. She's very popular.

I have 29 followers, and I think about only 5-10 of those people pay any attention to my photos.   I can't say I mind, though.  I'm much more of a consumer on Instagram than a producer.  But then with blogs, I'm much more of a producer.  When I follow someone on Instagram, and they follow me back, I'm almost tempted to say Can you read my blog instead? Or one of my novels, perhaps.

Parker's most recent photo is of a beach at sunset.

Parker has a post about her birthday coinciding with the Martin Place tragedy.  She says she feels wrong celebrating, so instead she's going to be thankful about various things. That makes sense. The picture she has for the post is some kind of ride. Maybe? I wonder why she chose that photo. Is it symbolic in some way. Or did she choose it randomly?

She has a really cool photo of cockatoos.

I wish we had cockatoos in Texas.

Here's a photo of Palm Beach...Home and Away land.

Here's a lovely photo of the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.

I think Parker takes really good photos. There are a lot of lovely scenes on her account.

Maybe her account isn't just popular because she's a popular actress. Maybe people are actually following her because she takes great photos.

Most of her photos are of sunsets and beaches. I do get tired of those after awhile.  Here, though, is a fun photo of a little boy falling asleep in a shop window.

Here's a photo of Parker, which just made me realize she doesn't have any least not in the last several weeks.

So maybe she's less into herself than the average celebrity.

Or really....less into her self than the average person with an Instagram account.

In the past, I followed someone not at all famous, and every few days she posted a selfie.

There's nothing wrong with a selfie every so often.  But I'm not going to forget what you look like within a few days.

I just looked closer at Parker's Instagram bio, and she's also the moderator of a nature account called nature_ravens.  It's one of those accounts where they feature other people's photos. I like those types of accounts.

This ones gives credit to the photographer, which I appreciate. I've seen ones where they will post other photos, but there's no link to their photographer's account. I think one of the benefits of being featured on an account like this is you might get new followers to your own account. But if there's no link, it's hard for that to happen.

I've been wondering if there's an account that might take on some of Tim's photos. But most of the good accounts I've found are for photos of Australia.  I wonder if that's the case for Parker's account.  Are they all Australian photos?

The most recent photo is from Australia—Western Australia, I think.

Here we go! The next photo is from Ireland.

It looks like a lot of photos use HD and other special effects. Tim's been learning how to do those things.

Here's a nice photo of the Grand Canyon that he took. I'm not sure, though, if he used any effects. I'm also not sure how much credit goes to Tim for the beauty, and how much goes to the canyon itself. I have a hard time understanding photography.

Well, I think I'm going to quit here.

I think this post took me about six hours to write. I shouldn't complain, though. That's nothing compared to Georgie Parker working fourteen hours on the set of Home and Away.  Hey, but she's paid a salary, gets all these fans, and awards, etc.  I'm just doing this for my own entertainment, and the hope that others will be entertained. Though they'll probably just be annoyed that I kept talking about myself instead of Parker.


  1. She is a great actor but I remember seeing her interviewed and she came across as being a bit crazy.

  2. Andrew,

    That just reminded me of us watching interviews with Walking Dead actors, and one of them seemed a bit out there.

    When I read interviews with Georgia Parker, she did seem a bit nuts. But not necessarily in a bad way. I don't know. I probably seem nuts (in good or bad way) to many people.

    She seems VERY energetic, which is funny because on All Saints her character is so serene.